After years of bad rankings, Missouri gets improved marks for energy efficiency

Among U.S. states, Missouri has perennially been an underperformer in terms of energy efficiency, at least according to annual scorecards issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

That may be changing, however, as the organization’s recently released 2016 scorecard showed Missouri as the most-improved state in the nation, leaping 12 positions into the No. 32 spot. In the previous nine-year history of the report, the state ranked consistently in the bottom 10.

But this year’s report is an encouraging sign that Missouri is now doing more to facilitate efficiency. While the scorecard cites across-the-board improvements within the state, experts said the better score was driven mostly by a few key changes, including building energy codes and state initiatives.

Another main area of improvement was the state’s expansion of Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, programs, which allow local governments to help homeowners finance household-level efficiency or renewable energy projects through property tax adjustments.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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