Wyoming Energy Efficiency: Up the Road a Piece?

Issue 11 and Volume 112.

Seems that Wyoming ranks dead last on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2008 “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.” The Cowboy State (which is also the largest supplier of coal in the United States) scored a zero out of a possible 50 points when it comes to energy efficiency programs. Points were awarded for initiatives such as utility and public programs and policies, combined heat and power; R&D and financial incentives.

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Topping the energy-efficiencylist was California, which scored 40.5 out of the 50 possible points. The Top 5 was rounded out by Oregon (37.0 points), Connecticut (36.0), Vermont (33.0) and New York (32.5 points).

At the bottom of the list (but still ahead of Wyoming) were Mississippi (2.0 points out of 50), South Dakota (2.0), North Dakota (1.5) and Alabama (1.5).

Idaho took honors as the “most improved” state energy efficiency-wise. It moved up the list between 2007 and 2008 by 12 places to 13th overall. Other “most improved” states were Florida (up 10 spots to 19th), Maryland (up eight spots to 12th) and Ohio (up eight spots to 19th).

The Wyoming Tribune/Eagle newspaper quoted an advisor to Gov. Dave Freudenthal as saying, “Wyoming’s score is not a reflection of what we are doing here.”

’Course not. It’s a reflection of what the state is not doing.

Doing (Green) Time

Are you pro-environment and also facing prison time? Maybe ask the judge to have you locked up in California.

The state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has achieved “outstanding” energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions, making it the first California state agency to join the “Cool Planet Project.”

California’s prisons achieve “Cool Planet” status for being energy efficienct.
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Launched by Southern California Edison and The Climate Registry, Cool Planet Project rewards the installation of large energy-saving projects and promotes action on climate change.

The prison system installed energy efficiency projects that saved more than 2,600 tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to removing 652 cars from the road annually.

Statewide, the prison system operates 33 adult prisons, 13 adult community correctional facilities and six juvenile facilities. Its efforts with four investor-owned California utilities are expected to save more than 28 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 650,000 therms of natural gas and 22.5 million pounds of carbon-dioxide gases. They claim that’s the equivalent of taking 4,000 vehicles off the road annually.

But we’re guessing those 4,000 vehicles must be in addition to the thousands of cars already parked and idle as California’s prison inmates do their time.