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Energy Efficiency is a Tough Sell, Even When it is 'Free'!

January 14, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Energy Efficiency Adoption and Opinion

Home energy efficiency improvements are good for us. An insulation upgrade reduces energy costs, and reduces emissions. But ask me if I want to spend my Saturday researching the recommended R-value for insulation in my climate zone, and I will come up with a list of things that are more exhilarating.[read more]

2015: The Year of Energy Efficiency?

Efficiency Adoption in the Coming Year

As we reflect on the past year and start to think about what we’re going to do differently in 2015, it’s worth taking an overall look at how much energy we use, and how we can find simple ways to cut some of the energy waste out of our lives.[read more]

Smart Thermostat Programs Roll on in Texas, Arizona, and Maryland

December 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

TXU Energy was one of the first energy retailers to offer a smart thermostat program, way back in 2009. The Texas retailer has now chosen EnergyHub to manage those thermostats, which number in the tens of thousands, according to EnergyHub.[read more]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

Finding Energy Efficiency's Next Purpose: Leveraging Energy Efficiency to Enhance Customer Satisfaction

December 8, 2014 by Subu Balan

Energy Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction

Energy efficiency will continue to evolve and advance in the years ahead. Beyond the perception of energy efficiency as merely a vehicle steered by political or environmental drivers, there is significant value in employing it to elevate customer satisfaction.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk, Cost Investments for Utilities

December 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment: the economics of electric power resources have made zero-emissions energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies the most financially attractive options to meet the nation’s future energy demands.[read more]

USDA Loan Improves Energy Efficiency in Rural North Carolina

November 9, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Rural Energy Efficiency

A rural electric cooperative in North Carolina is one of the first in the country to receive funds from a new United States Department of Agriculture on-bill finance program that will help customers improve energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and reduce carbon pollution.[read more]

World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding

October 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Energy Efficiency and the Main Stream

The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and growing.[read more]

​In Defense of LEDs: Why the Rebound Effect for Solid-State Lighting May Be Overblown

October 16, 2014 by Rob Day
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Energy Efficiency and Rebound Effects

LED lighting is one powerful tool for addressing climate change. And the people working hard to accelerate adoption of LED lighting should be very proud of what they are doing. We can do even more, too. But to say that LEDs are "unlikely" to make a positive impact on climate change is just not true.[read more]

Why Energy Efficiency Can Increase Energy Consumption in Poor Countries

Energy Efficiency and Consumption Growth

Over the last several decades there has been a broad consensus that energy efficiency is a cheap way to reduce emissions. Make cars and bulbs more efficient and energy use will go down. But behind the scenes, a growing group of energy researchers were quietly discovering a more complicated reality.[read more]

Are Rebound Effects a Problem for Energy Efficiency?

October 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Efficiency Rebound and Value

The New York Times got the headline wrong in "The Problem With Energy Efficiency." Rebound effects are only 'problem' for energy efficiency if you believe efficiency’s unalloyed goal is to cut energy consumption. But that is hardly the case.[read more]

When Do EVs Become Competitive? Answers From Norway

October 14, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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EVs and Norway

EVs currently capture more than 10% of the Norwegian new car market. This article takes a closer look at the magnitude of the sales price reductions, fuel price differences and additional perks required to achieve this level of market penetration.[read more]

Lighting, Electricity, Steel: Energy Efficiency Backfire in Emerging Economies

October 9, 2014 by Max Luke
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Efficiency and Rebound Economics

Countries that expect to consume much more energy will likely experience higher levels of energy efficiency rebound. Rebound is the phenomenon in which energy efficiency measures increase demand for energy, which diminishes expected energy savings.[read more]

$18 Trillion Windfall: Health And Productivity Benefits of Efficiency Top Energy Savings

September 17, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Efficiency and Savings

 

A report by the global body responsible for energy analysis finds the total benefits from energy efficiency upgrades equals the energy savings. The IEA report upends decades of conventional thinking about efficiency, and should lead governments and corporations to sharply increase their efficiency budget.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: District Energy

September 12, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

District Energy

District energy systems produce steam, hot water, and/or chilled water at central plants and, through a network of insulated pipes (often underground), distribute the steam or water to multiple buildings. District energy plants often include power generation, typically CHP, which further increases overall efficiency.[read more]