Wind Energy Industry's $25 Billion Impact on US Economy

April 13, 2013 by Herman Trabish

wind energy's economic impact

In a record-setting year, the U.S. wind industry’s 28 percent growth boosted its job count back to 80,000 and had a discernible impact on U.S. GDP by putting $25 billion in private investment to work.[read more]

Rotten Fruit: Why ‘Picking Low-Hanging Fruit’ Hurts Efficiency And How To Fix The Problem

November 24, 2012 by Joseph Romm

So how can energy efficiency, especially the really profitable kind, be a failure dressed as success? The problem is that even though “picking the low-hanging fruit” implies there’s more work to be done and nobody ever gets the ladder. The result is that only the highest ROI projects comprise the entirety of an organization’s or household’s energy efficiency program, achieving, say, 5 or 10 percent of the total available carbon footprint reductions (if you’re lucky) and leaving the rest on the table.[read more]


Audio & Slides: "How to Save a Planet On a Budget" Part 2 - Making the Green Business Case

December 20, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Welcome to the audio archive & slides for the first chunk of our green finance summit "How To Save The Planet on A Budget". This second hour looks as the real-life challenges with making green business profitable.[read more]

How Not to Use EROEI

November 3, 2011 by Robert Rapier

This week I will be at the 2011 ASPO-USA Conference. I will deliver one talk on technical due diligence and one on our new energy reality. I will also participate in a roundtable discussion on investing. On the talk on our new energy reality, I am going to have a slide on my general observations over the past few years. One of those observations is that the concept of Energy Return on Energy Invested — EROEI — is frequently misused. The most common example is when people simply dismiss a process because it has a low EROEI or a net negative energy return. So as I am finalizing my slides, I thought I would share my EROEI observations here.[read more]

It’s Not About Efficiency…. It’s About the $$$$

August 16, 2011 by Don Madden

Converting America’s commercial and industrial base to a higher standard of energy efficiency is not going to happen because it is “the right thing to do.” Frankly, if businesses are going to adopt new energy technologies projects are going to require both excellent ROI and virtually no impact on cash flow. The market is full of...[read more]