Berkeley Gets Nod to Seek Community Microgrid Funding

Berkeley, Calif. got an okay this week to take preliminary steps toward installing a community microgrid to power public and private essential services in a crisis. The city council authorized the city to pursue yet-to-be specified grants with a team that includes AECOM and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The team is poised to … [Read more...]

Gaming Computers Offer Huge, Untapped Energy Savings Potential

Evan Mills, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, tells gamers they can have their cake and eat it too. Gaming is a huge energy suck. But here's how to tap into its energy savings potential.  In the world of computer gaming, bragging rights are accorded to those who can boast of blazing-fast graphics cards, the most powerful processors, … [Read more...]

New Analysis: The Cost of Energy Efficiency is Under Half the Cost of Building Dirty Coal Power Plants

The cost of energy efficiency is truly less than coal. NRDC'S Merrian Borgeson explains a new by-the-numbers analysis. After mining the results of energy efficiency programs representing every U.S. region, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have reported the initial result that the average total cost of saved energy is … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Progress by America's Utilities: An Update

Some people are surprised to learn that our electric and natural gas utilities spend billions of dollars a year to help customers need and use less energy. But helping people get more work out of less electricity and natural gas has long been a winning strategy for many of America’s hometown utilities – and a report released this week shows that … [Read more...]

Study: Saving Energy Really is Cheaper than Making it

Energy efficiency is a bargain, even less expensive than previously thought, according to recent findings by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report says that energy efficiency costs about 2 cents/kWh for utility programs. An earlier study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient-Economy pegged the cost to be about 29 percent … [Read more...]

What Recession? Big Energy Efficiency Service Companies Skipped It. Now Poised to Double Revenues

Energy efficiency’s largest players grew, even as the economy lagged in recent years. And they show no signs of slowing down, says a new report distributed by the National Association of Energy Service Companies. Revenue growth averaged nine percent annually from 2009 to 2011 for large energy efficiency service companies, or ESCOs, according to … [Read more...]