A national nonprofit advocacy group has named Massachusetts tops in the nation when it comes to promoting energy efficiency.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy placed Massachusetts above California for the first time in rankings released Thursday.
The group pointed to Massachusetts programs designed to save energy and create jobs including the Green Communities Act of 2008, the Green Jobs Act and Global Warming Solutions Act.
A report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center estimates there are now more than 64,000 people in the state working in the so-called "clean energy" economy — or about 1.5 percent of all jobs in the state.
Gov. Deval Patrick was on hand in Washington to acknowledge the state's ranking.
California had held the top slot for the prior four years.
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