WASHINGTON — Gov. Mary Fallin said here Wednesday that a concerted effort to increase energy efficiency in state government helped Oklahoma raise its score enough in an annual ranking to be named one of the most improved.
Speaking at a news conference hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the governor said she had been given the organization's previous report and wasn't happy with the ranking.
“One area that our state had fallen behind (in) was energy efficiency and energy conservation,” she said. “And when I became governor a year ago, I was given a copy of ACEEE's report and I saw where we were ranked 47th in the nation. And I said, ‘Wait, we're too good a state to be ranked 47th in the nation and we're going to improve that.'”
In the rankings released Wednesday, the state moved up to 39th and had a score of 11 points out of a possible 50. Massachusetts finished first for the second year in a row, with a score of 43.5.
The organization ranks states on various policies and programs aimed at improving energy efficiency. Oklahoma, Montana and South Carolina were the most improved from the previous year's rankings.
According to the report, Oklahoma's gains came from:
• Legislative approval of a measure requiring all state agencies, colleges and universities to achieve at least 20 percent energy savings by 2020.