California Energy Agencies Adopt Historic Agreement On Energy Efficiency: Saves Customers From Paying For Unnecessary, Polluting Power Plants

California made significant progress last week toward relying on clean energy efficiency to avoid the need for new power plants and grid infrastructure. For the first time, the California Energy Commission (CEC) fully relies on energy efficiency in its forecast of the state’s energy needs over the coming decade, which it developed in concert with … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Firms Lead Worldwide Clean Technology List

The new Global Cleantech 100 list of private companies breaking barriers with their clean technology ideas and executions across the worldwide economy finds that energy efficiency companies not only continue to dominate the list, but are growing in influence. For the past five years, the Cleantech Group has published an inventory of 100 companies … [Read more...]

The New Power Couple: Energy Efficiency + Demand Response

Move over Bill and Hillary. An even more electrifying power couple is emerging: Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, or EE and DR as their fans call them. EE and DR may not be well-known beyond the world of energy geeks, but their pairing was the focus of intriguing discussion last week in Washington, D.C. at the National Summit on Integrating … [Read more...]

New Energy Code Proposal Could Save Consumers Billions…and Offer Flexibility and Simpler Compliance for Builders

By David Goldstein, co-director of the Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC and our allies at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are proposing a change to the 2015 national model residential energy code that, for the first time ever, brings the nation’s largest homebuilders together with energy efficiency … [Read more...]

If California Sets Energy Efficiency Standards for 15 Products, It Could Set the Bar for the Nation

By Pierre Delforge, Natural Resources Defense Council With roughly as many computers as people in California, we spend a staggering $700 million annually on the electricity needed to power them and their monitors. Imagine how much we could save on our utility bills if they didn’t waste energy even when we’re not using them. That’s right – many of … [Read more...]