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energy efficiency and renewable energy

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Keep Power Flowing in Extreme Weather

March 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Something extraordinary occurred this winter that kept the lights on and people warm during record-breaking cold. Energy efficiency and demand response emerged to save the day, preventing potentially life-threatening power shortages across much of the Midwest and Northeast.[read more]

Modern Alchemy: The Conversion of Anergy to Exergy

March 5, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Modern Alchemy

The American economy wasted 86 percent of all the energy used in the production of goods and services. One can easily imagine that waste of this magnitude creates an array of costs that can easily weaken the nation’s economic and social well being.[read more]

Five Reasons Why 2013 Was Not a Waste

January 1, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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2013 Energy Year

 

This year we saw a lot of smart, efficient solutions being put into place to cut waste in this country. We waste an awful lot of resources, including 40 percent of our food and more than half our energy. By continuing to push for efficiency, we can save billions of dollars.[read more]

Information Technology and Sustainability

November 27, 2013 by Steve Seidel

Federal agencies that are trying to meet tougher sustainability mandates can make significant progress toward their goals by taking advantage of more efficient data storage and other information and communication technologies.[read more]

Renewables and Natural Gas are Partners Not Opponents

November 25, 2013 by Edward Dodge
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Renewables and Natural Gas

Renewable energy sources and natural gas should be considered as complements and not rivals. A hybrid gas-electric clean energy provides a workable engineering solution while 100% Renewables models fall short of the functional needs of a modern technology intensive society.[read more]

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Loss Reduction Could Fund Kenyan Renewables Expansion [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 22, 2013 by Aedan Kernan

Kenya Renewables Expansion

Kenya and other African countries are under pressure to add renewable generation, expand electricity access and keep electricity costs affordable. There is a hidden source of funding that they can tap - reduction in network losses.[read more]

Crowdfunding for Renewables: Game Changer?

November 6, 2013 by Clare Taylor
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Crowdfunding of renewable energy projects is growing fast in Europe. If this grassroots movement gets organized in time to access the big money available in the next round of cohesion funding, it could have far reaching effects on the European energy sector.[read more]

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Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 3

November 6, 2013 by John Miller
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US Coal Transition

Most existing U.S. Coal Power can be replaced by new Wind and Solar Power, which will substantially reduce future U.S. carbon emissions. These changes and improvements will also significantly impact Consumer power costs and involve significant environmental trade-offs.[read more]

Grid Parity, Low LCOE Driving 34% Global Renewables Capacity by 2030

October 23, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Changing Energy Industry

When it comes to global electricity generation, coal is still king – but not for long. Fast-changing economics mean renewables worldwide will represent 34% of all installed capacity by 2030, and many clean energy technologies are already cost competitive with fossil fuels and only getting cheaper.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: Deconstructing the Rosenfeld Curve

August 6, 2013 by Lucas Davis

Deconstructing the Curve

The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Sacramento Bee have pieces on Arik Levinson’s new NBER working paper, “California Energy Efficiency: Lessons for the Rest of the World, or Not?” The paper makes a nice point, but I worry that it is being misinterpreted.[read more]

New Data Project to Raise Investor Confidence in Energy Efficiency

August 1, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

When the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority wanted to hand out nearly $20 million in residential energy efficiency loans last fall, the organization went to a national rating agency to request the rating of a traditional asset-backed security. No dice.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

July 20, 2013 by David Hone
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Measuring Energy Efficiency

In my posting last week I talked about the climate action paradigms that exist. This followed on from a business meeting where it was clear that there were two very different schools of thought on the issue of reducing emissions.[read more]

Breakthroughs Could Solve Renewable Energy-Electrical Grid Integration

June 26, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Renewables and Electrical Grids

Grid integration is the million-dollar question for clean energy – as renewables, electric vehicles, and the smart grid scale up, how will they impact reliability? Well, we now have a million-dollar answer from the Department of Energy.[read more]

A Pragmatic Approach to Transactive Energy and the Smart Grid

June 4, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

A new white paper offers practical suggestions that help accelerate the transformation to a Smart Grid. It also helps build the foundation for the transactive energy business model.[read more]

India's Next Big Energy Source: Energy-Efficient Buildings

May 30, 2013 by Peter Lehner
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energy efficiency in India

The cheapest, cleanest, and fastest way for India to bring power to people who need it is energy efficiency. According to McKinsey & Company, India can save $42 billion every year just by reducing energy waste in buildings.[read more]