Kansas lags in energy efficiency efforts

A report released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked Kansas one of the worst states for energy efficiency efforts.

Kansas came in 46th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia. Missouri and Oklahoma were tied with West Virginian at 43 and Nebraska ranked 47th.

Colorado came in 19th in the list. The state’s efforts include spending about $60 million on efficiency programs for electricity and natural gas.

Colorado electric utilities saved 203,344 megawatts hours in 2008 according to the Energy Information Administration.

Conversely, Kansas utilities save 13,900 megawatt hours in 2008.

The council is a non-profit which aims to improve energy independence and security through efficiency. This is the forth energy efficiency score card the council has produced since 2006.

The full report, including a break down of all the states, is available at

For more, read Thursday’s Wichita Eagle.