The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy released a report October 3 concluding that Democratic and Republican governors are both embracing energy efficiency measures. The group’s 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard found that utility spending on electric and natural gas efficiency measures increased 27 percent to nearly $7 billion nationally in 2011 compared to 2010. Annual savings from customer-funded efficiency programs topped 18 million MWh in 2010, 40 percent more than 2009, and 24 states have adopted and funded energy efficiency resource standards, while 10 states have created codes that exceed voluntary commercial and residential building efficiency standards.