The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was published in September. Missouri ranks 37th overall, with a score of 12.5 out of a possible 50. While Missouri fell 5 places in the ranking from last year, the state’s total score reduced by only 1 point. 

Read on to learn more, or click the links below for the Missouri state recap and the full report:

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT

Utility and Public Benefits Programs and Policies: 1.5 points out of 20 (p. 22-23, table 7).

This category makes up 40% of the total score, and Missouri comes in very poorly, despite improvements in recent years. Missouri’s large Investor Owned Utilities (IOU) still lag behind in terms of savings (1 pt out of 7, p. 29); they also allow large customers to opt out, which subtracted 1 point from Missouri’s score (-1, p. 39). Missouri also received 0 points for natural gas efficiency savings and spending (out of 5, p. 32, 37). While most Missouri gas utilities do offer efficiency programs, they’ve not been able to achieve significant savings and they don’t advertise or tout their programs nearly enough. Missouri also missed out on 3 points for lacking a mandatory efficiency resource standard (EERS) (p. 43).

Missouri also received 1 out of 4 available points for state scores on residential and commercial building code stringency, putting us in the bottom 5 (p. 83).

SUCCESSES

Missouri received 5 out of 6 points for state government initiatives, our highest score in the scorecard (p. 105). Missouri was in the middle of the pack on low-income energy efficiency program spending, receiving .5 points out of 1 available for state support of low-income energy efficiency programs (p. 54). Missouri received 2 out of 3 available points for energy code compliance efforts (p. 89). Missouri received 1 out of 4 available points for encouraging Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as a resource (p. 94), however, we’ve got reason to believe this will improve over the next year now that CHP is included as a demand-side measure in the new Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act (MEEIA) rules.

Missouri received a perfect score under R&D institutions with energy efficiency-focused research (p. 120). PACE financing also helped, giving Missouri a score of 2.5 out of 3 available points for major financial incentive programs (p. 109). Missouri was also highlighted under “Leading and Trending States: Financial Incentives” for the Missouri state treasurer’s Linked Deposit Program and the growth in PACE financing for residential and commercial projects (p. 111).

Missouri is highlighted under “Leading and Trending States: Low-Income Energy Efficiency” thanks to the Department of Energy’s work with utility weatherization programs, advocacy for increased low-income program funding, and for participation in the US Department of Energy’s Low-Income Accelerator Program, and for their engagement with the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) coalition (p. 124).

MISSOURI RECAP

Missouri tied for 37th in the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, falling five positions from its 2016 ranking. The state scored 12.5 points out of a possible 50, just 1 point less than it earned last year. Missouri was one of the most-improved states in last year’s Scorecard, but experienced a setback at the start of the year with a temporary expiration of efficiency programs as a result of prolonged negotiations between utilities and regulators. The Show-Me State has made progress in recent years through efforts to strengthen building energy code compliance and by launching several Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs; however opportunities remain to strengthen efficiency efforts in the utility and transportation sectors.

UTILITIES (1.5 OUT OF 20) Electric savings from utility efficiency programs fell off somewhat in 2016, primarily as a result of a  temporary expiration of utility efficiency programs during the first few months of 2016 due to prolonged negotiations between utilities and state regulators over the newest three-year savings plans. These plans were eventually approved in March 2016, putting the state back on track, but opportunities remain to strengthen programs. Energy savings opportunities are limited because large customers are able to opt out of efficiency programs. Electric utilities collect lost revenues and performance incentives.

TRANSPORTATION (2 OUT OF 10) The state has complete streets legislation in place and in recent years has seen an increase in electric vehicle registrations and a reduction in vehicle miles traveled per capita. However, there remains room for growth in this policy area.

BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICIES (3 OUT OF 8) Missouri is a home rule state; therefore codes are adopted at the local level. Approximately 50% of the state’s population is covered by codes equivalent to the 2009 or 2012 IECC. Newly constructed state government buildings are required to meet or exceed the most recent IECC standards. The state has completed a gap analysis and a compliance study of residential energy codes with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA). Opportunity remains to improve the stringency of codes, and to reach across a broader portion of the state’s population.

COMBINED HEAT AND POWER (1 OUT OF 4) The state offers technical assistance for CHP projects. Under Missouri’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES), if a CHP system uses renewable energy fuels, the electricity generated is eligible to be used for compliance. One new CHP installation was completed in 2016.

STATE GOVERNMENT-LED INITIATIVES (5 OUT OF 6) The state offers several loan programs, a personal tax deduction for energy efficiency investments, and PACE financing. The state government leads by example by setting energy requirements for its fleets and encouraging the use of energy savings performance contracts. Research focused on energy efficiency takes place at two institutions in the state.

APPLIANCE STANDARDS (0 OUT OF 2) Missouri has not set appliance standards beyond those required by the federal government.