The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings, and Ohio fell “substantially in the rankings due to legislative decisions that backtracked on energy efficiency standards,” Midwest Energy News reports. The article is referring to Ohio’s Senate Bill 310 and House Bill 483 (see our June 13 and June 18 blog posts for more on these), which respectively froze the state’s renewable energy standards and increased restrictions on wind turbine construction within the state. The ranking evaluated six policy areas: utility policies and programs, building energy codes, combined heat and power development, transportation initiatives, state government-led initiatives, and state-level appliance standards. ACEEE said in the article that Ohio “could continue to fall if utilities fail to include energy efficiency within their portfolios in coming years.” While the report notes that Ohio’s energy efficiency program exceeded its expected savings, the state was ranked 25th overall. For more, read the full article