How to Buy Energy Efficient Holiday Gifts — and then Make them Even More Efficient

Okay, energy insiders. Here's a chance to really cement your reputation as the family geek by buying energy efficient holiday gifts.  Noah Horowitz offers the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 2015 Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide. It includes information on how to make gadgets and games even more energy efficient after you bring them … [Read more...]

Four Takeaways from Today's Order 745 Supreme Court Argument

The U.S. Supreme Court today (10/14/2015)  heard oral arguments related to FERC Order 745. The case revolves around how and when customers can be paid to reduce their electricity use during periods of high demand on the grid.  NRDC's Allison Clements was at the court and provides four important takeaways. What an honor to attend oral arguments at … [Read more...]

New Report: Tectonic Shift in U.S. Energy Use — Renewables Surging; Coal, Oil, and Electricity Down

Electricity consumption grew at only half the rate of population growth from 2000 to 2014. And that's only the start of the tectonic shift in U.S. energy use that the Natural Resources Defense Council uncovered in a new report.  NRDC's Ralph Cavanagh explains. I recently heard the CEO of the nation's largest utility tell a roomful of mostly … [Read more...]

New York City Turbocharges 'Carbon Challenge' in Big Environmental Push

NRDC's Donna DeCostanzo describes New York City's new carbon challenge program and assistance to help buildings become more energy efficient. Mayor de Blasio today (9/28/2015) announced a significant expansion of the successful New York City Carbon Challenge - one of a series of initiatives that are central to the city's One City: Built to Last … [Read more...]

California Prepares to Tap into a Wealth of Local Energy Resources

California regulators are exploring a range of possible incentives to encourage local energy. Merrian Borgeson of the Natural Resources Defense Council explains. The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) unanimously voted yesterday to tackle how to better integrate local energy resources like onsite solar generation and energy efficiency … [Read more...]

The White House Gets It Right: Climbing to Energy Efficiency for All

NRDC's Deron Lovaas describes Energy Efficiency for All, which will help apartment buildings save energy, as part of a major energy efficiency initiative announced by President Obama this week. One of the challenges facing America as we get serious about tackling carbon pollution from power plants is our wasteful housing stock. Energy efficiency … [Read more...]

No Question: Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver Huge Benefits

You may have heard the negative hype surrounding a new working paper on energy efficiency investments for low-income residents. It's a mistake to generalize from the Michigan study. NRDC's Merrian Borgeson explains why. Decades of experience and verification prove energy efficiency programs deliver huge benefits to consumers and the environment - … [Read more...]

New California Building Efficiency Standards Set the Stage for Zero Net Energy Homes by 2020

NRDC's Meg Waltner explains California's updated building energy efficiency standards and the state's goal to create zero net energy homes. The California Energy Commission voted unanimously this week to approve updated building energy efficiency standards that the CEC says will cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28 percent and save consumers … [Read more...]

Save Energy in Your House (And Drink More Coffee)

What’s the cost of our always-on society? Turns out it’s pretty high when calculated in kilowatt-hours -- or cups of coffee. Always-on, in this case, refers to all of that idle equipment in our houses that keeps sucking up electricity even when we’re not using it. Think of the indicator lights on the dishwasher or garage door opener. It’s easy … [Read more...]

U.S. Supreme Court Announcement Encouraging for Clean Energy and Our Pocketbooks

Clean energy won a victory today when the Supreme Court said it will review a decision that has put a damper on demand response. NRDC's Allison Clements explains what the decision means, its history, and what's next. The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will review a lower court decision that had erected a major roadblock to using demand … [Read more...]