ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Germany takes title in efficiency, while U.S. falls far behind Umair Irfan, E&E reporter Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 Taking yet another international crown, Germany yesterday came in first in a ranking of countries on energy efficiency. Please subscribe to ClimateWire to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.