Energy Use Down, Even Where Economy is Up, says IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report

It’s an anomaly, a good one. Energy use is down, even where economic activity is up. That’s the word from the latest report on energy efficiency markets from the International Energy Agency. Energy consumption has dropped to levels not seen since the 1980s in the 29 IEA countries, which include the United States. At the same time, per capita … [Read more...]

The Top Energy Efficiency Stories of 2014

The top energy efficiency stories of 2014 reveal an industry that’s not only growing, but also redefining itself to capture its full worth. This was a year of mega deals, utility soul searching, rising new tech, rising old tech, financing innovation, and policy invigoration.  Here are the top 10 most read stories on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com for … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk/Cost Utility Investments

Old-style utility investments are no longer as viable as they once were, and in fact carry significant financial risk. NRDC's Sheryl Carter offers perspective below. A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment, our air and our (and our utilities’) pocketbooks — the economics of electric power resources … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Factoids that Will Win Friends and Influence People (Especially Investors)

Riddle: What's as big as the amount of energy used by the European Union...and getting even bigger? The answer is the amount of energy we're not using. Or more specifically,  it is the energy saved in 2011 by the US and 10 other countries -- Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United … [Read more...]

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...]

What We Heard You Say…This Week’s Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Interesting quotes about energy efficiency we picked up this week. Best Warning Overhyped vision of the smart home  “It was almost like the Jetsons: 'Children who stick their fingers in an outlet will not get electrocuted!'” Larry Zarker, CEO Building Performance Institute, quoting old advertisements that hyped smart homes. Zarker called for … [Read more...]