California’s Focus on Lighting As a System

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Zach Gentry, vice president of marketing and product management for Enlighted Inc., an energy efficiency and building information company creating networked control systems. He explains how the California Public Utilities Commission is restructuring incentives by focusing on lighting as a … [Read more...]

Trillion dollar answer to Bachmann’s light bulb question

By Elisa Wood March 8, 2012 US Congresswoman Michele Bachmann often asks why government should tell us which kind of light bulb to choose. Turns out it’s a question with a trillion dollar answer. We will save $1.1 trillion through 2035 because of existing energy efficiency mandates for light bulbs and appliances, according to a report issued … [Read more...]

Squinting toward retirement: A boon for the lighting industry

By Elisa Wood September 14, 2011 Americans report in surveys that they are likely to retire later than expected as a result of this economic downturn that doesn’t seem to want to quit.  While that’s bad news for golf courses and Florida real estate, it helps one industry: energy efficient lighting. We are squinting, rather than sprinting toward … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Is So In Right Now Part II: The Delight Factor (and More Energy Puns)

Guest blog by Cara Miale Goman September 8, 2011 Last week, we looked at how the energy efficiency industry is working on its cool factor (Dare I say sex appeal?), to make clean energy more accessible to the masses. Perhaps a bikini charger doesn’t make much difference when the grid is under great strain as it was this summer; but it does get … [Read more...]

How much money can new lighting save your business?

By Elisa Wood August 24, 2011 Am I average? That’s the question that often hits me when someone quotes an ‘average’ statistic. The ‘average’ business or household seems almost mythological. Few of us fall right on that point on the line. The same is true when it comes to often quoted energy efficiency savings statistics. For example, the US … [Read more...]

Solar Lighting and LEDs

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Paul Wickberg, CEO of SOL, a 20-year-old company that has more than a third of the market share for outdoor solar lighting in North America. He discusses trends in solar lighting and describes what's to come in the future. Solar Lighting and LEDs]   … [Read more...]

What if the light bulb produced more than light?

By Elisa Wood Aug. 4, 2011 Talk about a light bulb moment. A professor of engineering at Edinburgh University recently demonstrated for the first time to a wide audience his technology that uses common every day lights to transmit data. Harald Haas streamed a video through a desk lamp at Ted Global 2011at Scotland’s Edinburgh International … [Read more...]

Little-Known and Well-Known Lighting Incentives Part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Allison Schieffelin, Chairman and CEO of The Lighting Quotient, about lighting incentives – many of them little-known – and the politics behind them. Little-Known and Well-Known Lighting Incentives Part 1]   … [Read more...]

Opposition to and acceptance of energy standards part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com continues her interview with David Lis, appliance standards project manager for Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, about opposition to and acceptance of energy efficiency standards for appliances and lighting. Opposition to and acceptance of energy standards part 2]   … [Read more...]

Opposition to and acceptance of energy standards part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews David Lis, appliance standards project manager for Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, about opposition to and acceptance of energy efficiency standards for appliances and lighting. Opposition to and acceptance of energy standards part 1]   … [Read more...]