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Energy Efficiency is the Cheapest Way to Reach Climate Goals Under Six Economic Models

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Six different climate studies all point to the same conclusion: Energy efficiency is the cheapest way for the U.S. to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. And some models show consumer costs actually falling as the nation ramps up energy efficiency to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Those are the findings in a new … [Read more...]

Retroficiency Finds Large Energy Efficiency Potential in NYC Buildings; National Model Could Avoid New Utility Infrastructure

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New analytics out from Retroficiency show that energy efficiency in buildings can bring Consolidated Edison half way to its goal of deferring construction of a 52-MW substation in the Brooklyn/Queens area. The Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program has become the focus of industry attention nationwide, as New York pursues an innovative … [Read more...]

Save Energy in Your House (And Drink More Coffee)

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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 … [Read more...]

Clean Energy in Virginia: Micro or Macro?

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As Virginia catches up to neighboring states in embracing the emerging clean energy and energy efficiency sectors, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: The transition away from business as usual in the energy sector is inevitable. In a rule that is expected to be finalized this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is regulating the … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…CEE Says Spending Stable…Obama Signs Energy Savings Bill…Major Labs Focus on Tropics

Quick energy efficiency news for this week... Utility energy efficiency and demand response spending remained stable at $8 billion for 2013 in the U.S. and Canada, about the same as the previous year, according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. CEE tracked the spending in its ninth Annual Industry Report, issued May 1, 2015. Other … [Read more...]

Homeowners Who Invest in Energy Efficiency: The Demographics

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Who are the homeowners who invest in energy efficiency, based on their demographics? It's likely not something you spend a lot of time thinking about -- which is why the answers may be surprising. The marketing firm KSV polled 1,345 homeowners in five regions of the US who represented diverse demographic segments (age, income, gender, marital … [Read more...]

National Town Meeting to Focus on Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

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The National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid, to be held May 26-28 in Washington, DC, is the premier event in the US focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications. It is unique in that it devotes an entire day to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response … [Read more...]

Bewildered Energy Consumers No More?

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The energy world is littered with stories about energy consumers who give up on doing the right thing out of confusion… The family eager to install solar energy until they get wildly different advice (and prices) from installers. The shopper who walks away from the light bulb aisle because the LEDS seem too costly (and what’s a lumen?) The … [Read more...]

Is Energy Efficiency Getting Lost in all the Razzle Dazzle?

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We live in an age when shiny new things grab our attention. One day it's the Apple watch, the next the driverless car, and another day a robot doing something just too human. In the electric power industry, the innovation isn’t just about technology, but about policy and markets too: new ideas about making, buying and selling power, new players … [Read more...]

Saving Energy: I’ll Do it My Way

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Saving energy used to be about not forgetting to flip the switch when you left the room. But those days have gone the way of the land line and video store. Today saving energy isn’t so much about you remembering something, but your utility remembering something about you. Utilities are finally getting into the game, already figured out by … [Read more...]