Vermont ranks in top ten on energy efficiency

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An advocacy group ranks California, Connecticut and Oregon at the top of a list of states improving energy efficiency to respond to high prices, energy security and global warming.

A report released Monday rated Idaho as the most improved state in this category, moving from 25th two years ago to 13th. California, Connecticut and Oregon were followed in the Top 10 by Vermont, New York and Washington state. Also, Minnesota and Massachusetts were tied, and New Jersey made the top tier of states.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy examined the states on areas such as building codes, transportation and land-use policies, utilities’ efficiency programs, financial incentives and support for research.

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