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Finding the 'Secret Sauce' to Define and Motivate Your Target Audience

December 20, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Most people can agree that being efficient consumers of energy is a good thing. And yet encouraging energy efficiency can be challenging, in part because the potential audience can be huge and diverse, and in part because making a change, even if it saves you money, typically requires effort.[read more]

Colder Weather Drives Forecast of 2014 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions 1.1% Above 2013 Level

November 2, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Weather and Emissions

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather fluctuations, which drive the level of energy use for both heating and cooling, are a significant factor affecting year-to-year variation in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting emissions.[read more]

Lower Electricity-Related CO2 Emissions Reflect Lower Carbon Intensity and Electricity Use

October 24, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Carbon Intensity and Energy Use

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in five of the past eight years. This trend has been led by emissions reductions in the electric power sector. Electricity demand growth has been lower than in the past and at the same time the power sector has become less carbon intensive.[read more]

Will Improved Energy Efficiency Lead to Increased Energy Consumption in the Developing World? Quite Possibly

October 23, 2014 by Steve Sorrell
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A new report from the US Breakthrough Institute provides evidence that historical improvements in the energy efficiency of lighting, steel and electricity production have led to greater energy consumption that would have been the case in the absence of those improvements.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Net Energy Imports as Share of Consumption at Lowest Level in 29 Years

October 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Energy Imports and Consumption

U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014. Energy consumption in the first half of 2014 was 3% above consumption during the first six months of 2013, but consumption growth was outpaced by increases in total energy production.[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]

Research your Intensity: Why Carbon Intensity of Your Electricity is Important

August 3, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Carbon Intensity and Electricity

To live a really good low-carbon-emissions-producing life you’ll need plenty of low-carbon electricity. But how carbon intensive your electricity is at the moment is what ends up dictating the benefits of things like going solar or getting an electric car.[read more]

Prepare for High Energy Growth, Climate Experts Warn

Many world leaders continue to be in deep denial about how rapidly energy consumption is rising, and what the implications are for global warming. We can expect a tripling of global energy consumption if the whole world achieves Germany's highly efficient levels.[read more]

High-Efficiency Planet

Dramatic increases in energy efficiency historically have allowed for cheaper energy services, and rather than reducing the amount of energy people used, these improvements increased energy consumption. As such, consumers play an important role in energy transitions.[read more]

Decoupling: A New Ecomodernist Paradigm for Humans and Nature

July 9, 2014 by Kirsty Gogan

A New Paradig

I’ve just returned from an enlightening Dialogue meeting run by the Breakthrough Institute in Sausalito, California. Winner of the event’s ‘paradigm prize’ was Jesse H. Ausubel. His research shows that modern economies have lightened their diet in terms of energy, water, land and materials consumption.[read more]

Increasing Carbon Intensity of Global Energy Consumption

June 19, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Energy Carbon Intensity

I have been continuing to look at the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, which was released earlier this week. It is a wonderful resource, kudos to BP. The report includes a graph showing the carbon intensity of global energy consumption from 1965 to 2013.[read more]

Treading Water

June 17, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Transition Stagnation

The proportion of overall carbon-free energy consumption is generally a far more important metric of energy transition progress with respect to the challenge of stabilizing the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere than looking at carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

Electric Slide: A Look at U.S. Energy Consumption by Sector

May 22, 2014 by Patrick Gerald
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US Energy Consumption by Sector

Since the 20th century, electricity generated from coal, natural gas, and petroleum has been held in high regard. This is because utility companies have been able to keep prices in check. In the 21st century however, America has seen the price of petroleum based energy increase rapidly.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and the Global Environmental Crisis

April 29, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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In a series of discussions on Earth Day, I found myself returning to two 1970s reports: 'The Limits to Growth' and 'Mankind at the Turning Point.' While weak on policy design, they did a good job describing the interconnected set of problems that remain at the heart of the world's environmental crisis.[read more]

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Do Renewables Lower Energy Consumption?

February 18, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Renewables and Energy Consumption

If a coal power plant is closed and replaced by a wind farm and that wind farm produces the same amount of electricity, what happens to energy consumption? Depending on the coal power plant, and how you define energy consumption it could do anything from stay the same to falling by a factor of three.[read more]