NEMWI Releases Northeastern States Energy Scorecard

NEMWI has released a new scorecard covering energy policy in the northeastern United States. The scorecard, written by NEMWI Federal Policy Monitoring Intern Owen Macdonald from Gettysburg College, examines which of the most prominent policies and policy tools these states decide to use to advance clean and efficient energy within their borders. The results are focused on how many “covered bases” each state has in terms of policy options, rather than on efficacy. This information can be used to determine where the gaps are in state policy-making, and  as a jumping-off point for narrower policy research that does focus on efficacy.

The scorecard covers the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Several of the country’s leading states in energy policy are in the northeast, and as such, the region provides valuable information about the wide range of policy options available to states.

Data for this scorecard was gathered from DSIRE, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center’s Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. The scorecard is divided into two separate parts: the report that discusses the results and methodology of the scorecard, as well as opportunities for future research, and the scoring sheet, which contains detailed data tables and statistics.

Download the report here, and the scoring sheet here.