How we use and save energy

By Elisa Wood September 27, 2012 When I picked up a gallon of milk at the store today, I looked at it in a new way. I was buying energy. This insight came courtesy of the US Energy Information Administration‘s recent  ‘Today in Energy’ article about industrial energy consumption. It turns out that we use about 30 percent of our energy for … [Read more...]

Mining for energy efficiency opportunity in NYC

By Elisa Wood September 13, 2012 If markets thrive on information, then New York City recently unlocked a gold mine for the energy efficiency industry. The city became the first in the US to make public how well (or poorly) large, private buildings within its borders perform when it comes to energy and water use. A city website displays … [Read more...]

Best places to learn about energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood September 5, 2012 Companies often email me asking for good sources of information about the energy efficiency business. These emails are coming more and more frequently as this industry continues to grow. Many of the emails come from newcomers trying to break into the field with a new product or service. They include information … [Read more...]

Why isn’t the Deep South green? Or is it?

By Elisa Wood August 30, 2012 Everyone is seeking the elusive killer app that will revolutionize energy. Most expect it to be a high tech gadget, or new form of generation or a way to finally store mass quantities of electricity. Not anthropologist Susan Mazur-Stommen. She’s looking in a completely different place: inside our heads, or more … [Read more...]

A new twist in the energy efficiency story

By Elisa Wood August 22, 2012 Blend a little new energy tech with a pinch of behavioral psychology and you’re bound to get something unexpected. Consider what happened when New York City-based ThinkEco recently lead a four-month energy challenge for international industrial packaging company Greif. The goal, of course, was to save energy. … [Read more...]

Where do the presidential candidates stand on energy efficiency?

By Elisa Wood August 15, 2012 We know that what a political candidate says during a campaign often differs from what the eventual office-holder does. We also know that candidates choose their words carefully to give themselves wiggle room for modifications in course. So we listen for innuendo and subtleties when candidates talk about our … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency & the rebound effect: Neither big nor bad

By Elisa Wood August 8, 2012 Now that you’ve installed efficient light bulbs in your house, do you think: “Guess I’ll leave my lights on all night. What the heck – it won’t cost me any extra.” Probably not.  But some extreme critics of energy efficiency would have us believe this is the end result of appliance standards and energy savings … [Read more...]

Video reveals the truth about smart grid

By Elisa Wood August 1, 2012 We don’t think about energy until something goes wrong, and this week things went wrong on an historic level. As a result, the public and pundits are again focusing on the fragility of big electric grids. Ten percent of the world’s population – more than 600 million people – lost their power in India on July 31, … [Read more...]

Overriding Common Sense: An Attack on Energy Efficiency Standards

By Andrew deLaski, Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets July 25, 2011 A new report published last week by the anti-regulatory Mercatus Center (an advocacy outfit associated with the Koch brothers) took aim at appliance and vehicle efficiency standards. In the report, the authors argue that standards reduce consumer choice and are not … [Read more...]

Would Gordon Gekko go green?

By Elisa Wood July 17, 2012 Energy books tend to be either jargon-filled tomes or hand-wringing, end-of-the-world, please-just-shoot-me-now reprimands. So it was a relief to see that Brian Keane avoids both of these worn-out roads in his new book, “Green is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy.” Keane … [Read more...]