Why Do Americans Invest in Energy Efficiency?

Why do Americans invest in energy efficiency? Do they want to combat global warming, make their homes more comfortable, save money or take advantage of tax rebates? A survey of 2,100 Americans by Harris conducted for HomeServeUSA found that their top reason for investing in energy efficiency is to save money, says Myles Meehan,  a spokesman for … [Read more...]

Two California Utilities Get Creative with EV Charging

California is getting innovative with EV charging, having approved two utility proposals expected to expand charging and boost the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. In the first, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal by Southern California Edison to invest $22 million in its "Charge Ready and Market … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Could Cut Decarbonizing Costs by $2.8 Trillion

Energy efficiency can reduce the cost of decarbonizing the economies of the U.S. Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Mexico by up to $250 billion per year, according to a new report.“How Energy Efficiency Cuts Costs for a 2° C Future." The report estimates savings of $2.8 trillion by 2030 if the countries use a high energy efficiency pathway to … [Read more...]

Did Energy Efficiency Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Environmental activists are patting themselves on the back following President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline last week. And they have good reason to do so. The sophisticated campaign strategy employed by 350.org and others will go down in the history books and no doubt be emulated by other environmental and social … [Read more...]

Move Over Solar, Time to Welcome Industrial Energy Efficiency: Pew Report

‘Industrial energy efficiency’ doesn’t roll off the tongue as nicely as solar. But when it comes to cleaning up the air and keeping the lights on, it’s got a lot to offer. That’s why industrial energy efficiency is on a growth trajectory in the U.S. -- not as fast as some would hope, but expanding nonetheless. Characterized largely by combined … [Read more...]

Energy Use Down, Even Where Economy is Up, says IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report

It’s an anomaly, a good one. Energy use is down, even where economic activity is up. That’s the word from the latest report on energy efficiency markets from the International Energy Agency. Energy consumption has dropped to levels not seen since the 1980s in the 29 IEA countries, which include the United States. At the same time, per capita … [Read more...]

Why Energy Efficiency in California — and Everywhere Else — Needs Fixing

Energy efficiency in California just took a turn for the better. But to understand why it's better, you first have to understand why  programs in energy efficiency in California and everywhere else need fixing, says Matt Golden, principal, Efficiency.org. Recently, SB 350 in California doubled the state's energy efficiency goals, which is … [Read more...]

Nevada Sees Triple the Projected LED Sales Due to Instant Discount

Participation in Nevada's energy efficiency program led to three times the projected LED sales due in large part to an "instant discount" program. "Nevada initiated the LED program in 2014 and had three times the level of participation they had planned the first year," said Howard Geller, executive director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency … [Read more...]

Not to Worry. The Clean Power Plan is Still Very Good for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is no longer a building block in the Clean Power Plan, released in final form by the Obama Administration August 3. But our sources tell us that’s not a bad thing -- as counter-intuitive as it may seem. In fact, the carbon reduction plan will give energy efficiency a very big boost, as expected all along. Why did the EPA remove … [Read more...]

The Journey of Six States to Meet the Clean Power Plan: Right Direction, Just Faster

Right direction, just faster. That’s the picture painted by a recent look at what six states must do to meet federal Clean Power Plan carbon reduction requirements and keep the lights on. The Advanced Energy Economy Institute is analyzing where the states stand now in their carbon reduction progress and what they must do to meet requirements  in … [Read more...]