Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, and New York  are winners of first-ever awards for exceptional state-led energy efficiency programs.

A total of 18 programs from 14 states were announced by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)  Sept. 15. The top five award-winning programs are: 

1. Colorado Governor’s Energy Office: Colorado Energy Star New Homes Program

2. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority: Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Demonstration Program

3. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority: Wastewater Efficiency Program

4. Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism: Lead by Example Program

5. Maryland Energy Administration: Maryland Statewide Farm Energy Audit Program

“Energy efficiency efforts are thriving at the state level in ways that most people may not be aware of today,” says David Terry, executive director, National Association of State Energy Offices. “The program winners demonstrate how state governments can implement successful, cost-effective energy efficiency programs aimed at a variety of customer types.”

The organization also selected 10 programs for honorable mentions and three emerging programs, including these residential energy efficiency initiatives:

--Alaska Housing Finance Corporation:  Home Energy Rebate Program

--Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management: Connecticut Home Energy Solutions Joint Program

--Louisiana Department of Natural Resources: Home Energy Rebate Option   
--South Carolina Energy Office and the South Carolina Department of Revenue: South Carolina Manufactured Housing Tax Credit

--Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development:  Chapter 40R / Smart Growth Zoning Overlay Districts