The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recognized Wisconsin, along with Arkansas, DC and Kentucky, as the most improved energy-efficiency states for 2014 in its 8th annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The Scorecard benchmarks progress of state energy efficiency policies and programs. Massachusetts and California maintained the number one and two spots for the fourth year in a row. Overall, in the Midwest Minnesota ranked number 10, Illinois 11, Michigan 12, Iowa 14 and Wisconsin 17. The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard benchmarks states across six policy areas – utility policies and programs, transportation initiatives, building energy codes, combined heat and power development, state government-led initiatives, and state-level appliance standards. In total, states are scored on more than 30 individual metrics.