International plan makes efficiency top priority

By Elisa Wood July 8, 2010 While several clean energy technologies play an important role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, none compare to energy efficiency, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. “Increasing energy efficiency, much of which can be achieved through low-cost options, offers the greatest potential for … [Read more...]

Efficiency left out of cap and trade

By Elisa Wood October 15, 2009 Waxman/Markey’s climate change bill is about 1,400 pages.  Its length and complexity, alone, provides fuel for its opponents.  Would it stand a better chance of enactment if it encompassed less? For example, would it have been wiser if Congress pursued cap and trade one year and a renewable energy standard another? … [Read more...]

Efficiency’s Role in Carbon Cap-and-Trade

By Elisa Wood August 28, 2008 We hear a lot about how efficiency will play an increasingly important role as the United States undertakes efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. But how does that play out in a practical sense under cap-and-trade programs? The Offset Quality Initiative provides insight in a new white paper on greenhouse gas … [Read more...]