Alabama drops to 49th on list of energy-efficient states

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama is once again at the bottom of a nation-wide ranking – this time for energy efficiency.

The independent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released the findings of a nation-wide energy consumption study Wednesday. Alabama ranked #49 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia. Alabama dropped one ranking from last year.

The study also shows state budgets for energy efficiency in 2009 are almost double the level of spending in 2007, increasing from $2.5 billion to $4.3 billion.

Reported electricity savings from energy efficiency programs across all states increased 8% between 2007 and 2008 (the most recent available data).

Joining Alabama in the bottom 10 are Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Mississippi, and the worst ranked North Dakota.

California continues to stay perched at #1 and the most-improved ranks go to Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska.