Benefits of Obama’s Proposal to Double Energy Productivity

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Alex Lasky, president of Opower, about President Obama’s proposal, included in the budget, to double energy productivity through a “Race to the Top” program that would focus on energy efficiency. Benefits would include 1.3 million new jobs and slashing the cost of energy imports. Opower is a member … [Read more...]

Opportunities for energy innovators

By Elisa Wood February 8, 2012 For a long time ‘clean’ and  ‘green’ marked the forward trend in the energy industry. Then came the quest for ‘smart’ energy.  And now ‘innovation’ is the buzzword. It’s easy to see why.  As Americans, we believe our ability to innovate sets us apart in today’s international market.  Sure China can manufacture … [Read more...]

Where to find jobs in energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood July 13, 2011 Here’s something you don’t hear people complain about much these days: worker shortages.  That is, unless you’re in energy efficiency, an industry that is booming as others are busting. Sixty percent of those responding to a recent survey by the Association of Energy Services Professionals cited a lack of talented … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency, the Nerd

By Elisa Wood April 13, 2011 The renewable energy business has done a remarkable job at positioning itself in the public psyche as the ‘it girl’ of our era.  Just about everyone – politicians, celebrities, major industries – likes to be seen as pro-renewable. But if renewable energy is the girl that everyone wants to be photographed near, energy … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency: The unsung hero of our times

Guest blog By Steve Cowell January 5, 2010 As our economy continues to sputter, one little-noticed industry has been booming for a while now: energy efficiency. The sector is hiring like crazy -- a fact that speaks volumes about the close relationship between clean energy and the economic recovery that we're all waiting for. Energy efficiency … [Read more...]

Are we thinking about energy all wrong?

By Elisa Wood April 29, 2010 The energy world operates under the premise that more is better.  If we build more power plants, we’ll have ample supply, and electricity prices will drop. Even better, if those plants are clean and green, we’ll displace older, dirtier plants and reduce emissions. That will help our economy by producing jobs. But is … [Read more...]

Wanted: GOLD for smart grid

By Elisa Wood April 8, 2010 As John McDonald tells it, smart grid needs GOLD. And he’s not talking money. GOLD stands for Graduates of the Last Decade, the technology savvy, risk-taking engineers and technicians who may be among the greatest benefactors of the new smart grid movement. While most recent college graduates face dismal employment … [Read more...]