Oklahoma 43rd in promoting efficiency

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A new report says Oklahoma is tied for 43rd in the nation for promoting energy efficiency to boost the economy, meet electricity demands, combat global warming and contribute to the nation's security.

The Tulsa World reports today that an analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy states that Oklahoma's score was zero in five of eight categories that were examined.

Categories included efficiency programs and policies in the utility sector, transportation and land-use policies, appliance standards, energy efficiency in public buildings and research, development and deployment.

Oklahoma's highest score -- four out of a possible eight -- came in the building code category.

Its overall score was 5.5 out of 50, which West Virginia also received.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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