Do We Think about Energy Efficiency the Wrong Way?

Energy efficiency is a good thing because it cuts back on energy use and reduces our utility bills, right? True, but we limit its possibilities when we think about energy efficiency only that way. That’s the over-riding message from "Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency," a recent report by the International Energy Agency … [Read more...]

Worldwide energy savings, no magic required

By Elisa Wood November 14, 2012 Is all this effort to save energy worth it? Consider this. Had we neglected energy efficiency from 1980 to 2010, worldwide energy use would be 35 percent higher. What does this mean? Look at the amount of energy used in the world’s two largest economies – the United States and China. That’s about how much … [Read more...]

Time to come clean on energy subsidies?

By Elisa Wood What you don’t know will hurt you. That’s the message in Michael Lewis’ new book, “The Big Short,” which traces today’s worldwide economic downturn to a single problem: the secretive nature of prices in the subprime mortgage bond markets. What’s this got to do with energy? Our industry has its own opaque corners that can cause … [Read more...]