Did Energy Efficiency Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Environmental activists are patting themselves on the back following President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline last week.And they have good reason to do so. The sophisticated campaign strategy employed by 350.org and others will go down in the history books and no doubt be emulated by other environmental and social … [Read more...]

Yes, Obama Said “Microgrids”…and Microgrid Loan Guarantees too

It’s always a big deal when an energy resource, especially one that's just beginning to make commercial inroads, catches the attention of the highest office holder in the United States.Such was the case this week when President Barack Obama talked about microgrids in his keynote address before the National Clean Energy Summit in Las … [Read more...]

Obama Spins Vision of Decentralized Energy Revolution…for Tree Huggers, Tea Partiers, Everybody  

President Barack Obama made clear this week how much he will champion the next phase in the American energy revolution -- the drive toward local energy, a decentralized grid and consumer control.For Obama to push green energy is not new. But at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada Monday he spun the vision of the next stage, one that is … [Read more...]

US/China Climate Goals Could Boost Energy Efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy says that energy efficiency will be key to meeting US/China climate goals announced by President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in an historic pact this week.The two nations – which account for 40 percent of world greenhouse gases – agreed to cut emissions over the next two decades.The U.S. will build on its … [Read more...]

Obama Administration Funds $68M in Energy Efficiency and Solar; Announces Executive Actions

The Obama administration has announced $68 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy awards and a series of executive actions to advance the resources further.The grants and loans will go to 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The funding comes from the USDA’s Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program … [Read more...]

If You Had Five Minutes to Talk Alone with Obama on Energy: Rocky Mountain Institute

What would you say if you had five minutes alone with Obama on energy?  EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com asked Jules  Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, in the first article of this occasional series.  What energy idea would you discuss with Obama if you had five minutes alone with him? What argument would you use to win him over to the … [Read more...]

What the New Federal Carbon Dioxide Rule Means for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency advocates have argued for years that energy efficiency should be a first fuel – considered before others in portfolio planning.  Today, they appear victorious with the release of the US' first-ever carbon dioxide restrictions for existing power plants.The draft rule places energy efficiency in good position to be a top choice as … [Read more...]

Who's Who for Obama's New Better Buildings Push

The US Better Buildings Challenge gained new committments from 25 businesses, organizations, states, cities and school districts.President Barack Obama announced the effort last week at a Walmart in Silicon Valley (Related story here.)Together, they are expected to bring new energy savings to one billion square feet of building space, an area … [Read more...]

The real power behind today’s energy efficiency industry?

By Elisa Wood February 27, 2013President Barack Obama recently pushed for increased energy efficiency in his State of the Union address. His endorsement is a plus, no argument. But it may not be the federal government that drives the industry’s next growth spurt.Increasingly, the push for clean energy seems to be more grassroots, from the city … [Read more...]

Obama and the reinvention of energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood February 13, 2012The energy efficiency industry received a nice boost this week during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Obama called for cutting energy use by half over the next 20 years.Such attention comes at a significant point in the history of the energy efficiency movement. It appears to be … [Read more...]