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Deep energy retrofits part 2

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Jeff Wilson, a host for HGTV and the DIY Network, about deep energy retrofits. How are they different from energy audits and what are their benefits? Check out his website at … [Read more...]

How risky are energy efficiency investments?

By Elisa Wood February 25, 2010 Last week’s announcement of $8.3 billion – and possibly as much as $54.5 billion – in US federal loan guarantees for nuclear power plants sparked debate about risk of default on loans. What are the chances the plants will be built? Critics unearthed a Congressional Budget Office report citing a 50% risk the … [Read more...]

Efficiency “sweet spot” for investors

By Elisa Wood February 18, 2010 Energy efficiency appears to have married rich in partnering with smart grid. Yet another report shows that together they have formed what has become today’s most appealing clean tech sector for venture capital. Ernst & Young, using data from Dow Jones VentureSource, recently reported that financing rounds … [Read more...]

Deep energy retrofits part 1

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Jeff Wilson, a host for HGTV and the DIY Network, about deep energy retrofits. How are they different from energy audits and what are their benefits? Check out his website at www.thegreenedhouseeffect.com. Deep energy retrofits part 1] … [Read more...]

Indoor air quality technology improves energy efficiency

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Alexis Huggins, market analyst for Global Market Consultants, about how certain air quality improvements cut energy use. Indoor air quality technology improves energy efficiency] … [Read more...]

Reasons for efficiency: Plain as the smudge on your face

By Elisa Wood February 11, 2010 Remember soot? A long time ago, before global warming, getting rid of soot was considered a good reason to make our energy supply cleaner and more efficient. These small dirty particles, created from auto and power plant combustion, discolor walls and do worse to our lungs. Their harm is immediate, yet we seem to … [Read more...]

Hot sectors for energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood February 4, 2010 It’s clear that the energy efficiency industry is undergoing an unprecedented boom, spurred by state and federal support and movement toward a smarter grid. But for those in the industry, where exactly can the new business – and the jobs – be found? Two new reports by Colorado-based Pike Research shed some … [Read more...]

Making solar more efficient

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Joe Grimes, chief operating officer of XsunX, about how the company has made solar thin film more efficient. In the lab, XsunX’s solar technology has reached 20% conversion efficiency, the highest in the world for thin film. The challenge is transferring this efficiency to the field. Making solar … [Read more...]