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Nevada "rising star" in renewable energy rankings

While U.S. energy policy is still looking for a meaningful direction from Washington, individual states have stepped into the void to take the lead on this key policy issue. They had no other choice. The current leadership out in Washington seems to lack the will and the vision to come up with a set of directives that would guide our energy future. It's in dire need of bold initiatives and lasting solutions that the nation is waiting for.

Environment America, a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations, recently released a report that commended officials in several states for their policy initiatives to improve renewable energy programs, save energy and require increased efficiency in cars. Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society joined it in praising the governors' and state legislators' forward-looking efforts. At least politicians on the state level understand the responsibility to act on behalf of their own residents and ultimately the entire country.

Environment America's report looks at five different areas critical to clean energy policy; renewable electricity standards, utility energy efficiency programs, the Clean Cars Program, energy efficiency standards for appliances and building energy codes. Using these criteria it then gives states a rating based on their plans and achievements.

Nevada earned a "rising star" ranking, a third-tier placement, for its regulations that meet three of the policy requirements, namely renewable electricity sources, utility programs and appliance standards. To make it to the higher levels entails passing more biting energy efficiency laws on cars and building codes.

The top tier is called "gold star" and the states earning that designation were California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington. The "silver star" went to Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Pennsylvania and Vermont.



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Esko Kiuru
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Comment balloon 6 commentsEsko Kiuru • November 24 2007 08:30PM


Hi Esko:

Good information. Do you have a link to site for this? It is heartening to see the states doing their part, but the federal government really does need to step up. 

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 12 years ago


The Feds are way behind. Go to for more info.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago
Thanks Esko. The link above is just in case anyone else was interested. There are so many groups out there, wish they would find a way to network with each other more effectively.
Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 12 years ago
Hi Esko - Thanks for the well written post with good information. I have not been to the Environment America site before. It looks like I will get lost there for a while! It is good to see individual states stepping up to the plate while our federal government is striking out. The energy policy needs to be brought to the forefront for the 08 election IMHO. Thanks again for a good post!
Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 12 years ago


You are right about that. Coordination would help.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago


At least the states realize that something needs to be done and act on it.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago