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Energy Scorecard

How are we doing? 2014

The impact of climate change continues unabated and devastation due to droughts, fires, flooding and severe weather is growing. Crafting policy to combat the effect of climate change remains a challenge due to its connection with energy markets. This inaugural Energy Scorecard for the American States provides ranking on six criteria to capture different facets of a state’s energy footprint. The top five states for 2014 were Illinois, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and California. Click on a state to get its ranking and change from 2011-2013.

Performance Key

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Energy Assets

Measure of state’s energy production and proxy for mineral and renewable
(solar, wind, etc.) resources


Role of Energy in state’s economy
State GDP/Total Energy Expenditures

Energy Diversity

Diverse sources – better response to market shocks


Energy burden on residents
Personal Income/ Energy Costs


State’s ability to generate electricity to meet demand equals net generation/ electricity sales


Impact measured by
State GDP/Total CO2 emissions



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