NJ makes small gains in energy efficiency, but is no longer a leader among states

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – With warnings of climate change accelerating, many states, but not all, are ramping up efforts to reduce energy use by promoting electric vehicles, requiring more energy-efficient appliances and enacting tougher building codes to curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new analysis.

New Jersey, once a leader in energy efficiency, inched forward, ranking 17th in the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, rising one place in the rankings.

The 13th annual scorecard is closely scrutinized by clean-energy advocates and policymakers, who cite the analysis as offering states a prescription for ways to sharply reduce energy use by copying or implementing best practices adopted by their neighbors …

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