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China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

May 27, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Energy Policies

China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost when the government issued documents on power sector reform, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility.[read more]

Assessing the Energy Efficiency Gap

May 11, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Energy-efficient tech offers promise for reducing the costs and environmental damages associated with energy use, but these technologies appear not to be used by consumers and businesses to the degree that would apparently be justified, even on the basis of their own (private) financial net benefits.[read more]

A Two-in-One Energy Solution: Capturing Waste Heat for Electricity

May 2, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Capturing Waste Heat

In Dublin, Ohio, the Community Recreation Center decided to reduce its energy waste. Rather than rely on an electric utility to burn more coal or natural gas to provide electricity, as well as its own boilers to burn more fuel to provide heat, the facility decided to install a combined heat and power unit.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Progress: A Tale of Two Regions

April 24, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New England and the Pacific Northwest have a shared history of energy efficiency leadership that stretches back three decades, and two recent independent assessments show that their efforts to help customers find smarter ways to use electricity are now saving billions of dollars every year on utility bills.[read more]

Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities' Business Model?

April 13, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Utility Disruption

Decreased demand should dictate a contraction in the generation sector, but the situation is made more complex by seasonal fluctuations and changing demographics. Warmer summers and a population shift to states in the south and west run counter to the general trend with increasing peak seasonal load.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: The 'First Fuel' and a Source of Energy in its Own Right

April 13, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Energy Efficiency and Fuel Resources

In the final EU Energy Union document “A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy”, the European Commission recognized the massive importance of improving overall energy efficiency.[read more]


Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Conservation

March 31, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Examining the Costs of Energy Conservation


This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of energy conservation. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Energy Efficiency 2.0: A New Definition Underway in California

March 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

What does energy efficiency mean to you? In states like California that employ aggressive energy efficiency policies and standards from widget to building envelope, it’s been a successful strategy to reduce per capita energy consumption.[read more]

Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

February 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Efficiency

Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.[read more]

LED Outdoor Lighting: $6 Billion Annual Savings Opportunity Ripe for the Picking

February 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

LED Outdoor Lighting

Not only was last weekend's Super Bowl played under LED lights, the new flat panel TVs for watching the game were illuminated by LED backlights, and the lights on the poles in the parking lot outside the sports bar and the streets and highways between there and home may have been retrofitted with LEDs as well.[read more]

Studying Sustainable Finance

February 10, 2015 by Steven Cohen

When I talk about something like 'sustainable finance,' I mean organizational actions that reduce the one-time use of resources such as energy, water, and other materials, and reduce the impact of production and consumption on ecosystems.[read more]

Energy Consumption by U.S. Government at Lowest Level Since at Least 1975

February 8, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Government Energy Consumption

The United States federal government, which has thousands of facilities and vehicles in locations across the whole country and abroad, is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, but as of late that consumption is in measurable decline.[read more]

Money Versus Morals: Why Economic Rewards Trump Polite Messaging in Efficiency

February 6, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Effeciency Adoption Motivation

From organization in groceries to how Facebook curates newsfeeds, behavioral science is at the core of strategies to maximize sales and engagement. As understanding of consumer behavior evolves, energy efficiency companies have also become much more sophisticated in how they target their efforts.[read more]

Governor Cuomo Empowers New York's Cities through Investment in Clean Energy

February 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

As detailed in the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo, New York State is about to embark on an ambitious program to expand the Five Cities Energy Plan initiative, while also establishing the "New York State Community Partnership" program that will help additional municipalities.[read more]

Can Mammograms Teach Us Something Useful About Energy Efficiency?

January 27, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

Energy Efficiency Investment and Policy

At first blush, mammograms and energy efficiency investments appear to have nothing in common – one’s a personal, preventative health tool and the other helps you save money and energy. But I suspect they raise similar time-management issues. Let me explain.[read more]