This is not a joke: Texas’ energy-efficiency policies are being called “progressive.”
Not only that, but Texas also is one of the five “most improved” states at cutting energy use and utility bills, according to recent rankings from the Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Texas’ adherence to strict building codes and strong code enforcement has lifted the state to No. 26 nationally in energy savings, up from No. 34 last year and the highest jump of any state.
This means real dollars and cents to Texans and an overall savings by 2030 of about 1 million megawatt-hours per year in energy, enough to power tens of thousands of homes for an entire summer, according to the online calculator EnergyEfficientCodes.com.
Massachusetts ranked No. 1 in the report, with California rising to No. 2. States such as Wyoming, Louisiana and Mississippi were near the bottom.
The other “most improved” areas were Illinois, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Unfortunately, the news for Fort Worth is not as good.
Fort Worth ranked No. 37 out of 50 cities for energy-efficiency policies, Texas’ worst.
Maybe next year Fort Worth can be on the list of “most improved.”