Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk/Cost Utility Investments

Old-style utility investments are no longer as viable as they once were, and in fact carry significant financial risk. NRDC's Sheryl Carter offers perspective below. A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment, our air and our (and our utilities’) pocketbooks — the economics of electric power resources … [Read more...]

It’s Hot and Energy Costs Are Rising. You Can’t Change the Weather, So You….?

Heat waves and cold spells are a misery for the electric grid, and for anyone worried about energy costs. We can’t change the weather, but we can change how we respond. A little counter top device, keyed to the workings of the human brain, could show the way. The Energy Joule, a product by Ambient Devices, is one of many different tools now on … [Read more...]

Energy Costs: How Come Granny is Still in Her Chair?

Granny was thrown out of her wheelchair and off a cliff in one of the most controversial ads of the 2012 US presidential election. Whether you love or hate the clip, which went after Republicans on Medicare, it shows the emotional tenor we bring to the debate over health care costs. Energy costs affect Granny at least as much – and everyone else … [Read more...]

Energy heads home in 2011

By Elisa Wood December 15, 2010 I have three predictions for 2011. When it comes to energy policy, austerity will be in. Therefore, energy efficiency will become a favored choice among mayors, governors, state lawmakers and Congress, as government becomes increasingly edgy about the cost of renewable energy. The infamous leaky home will … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency: Cure for mortgage meltdown?

By Elisa Wood October 7, 2010 My first reaction was that the Alliance to Save Energy was stretching a bit by titling its October 6 talk: “Is energy efficiency the key to recovery from the recession?” But after hearing David Goldstein’s presentation, I must admit I’m thinking about energy efficiency in a whole different way. Goldstein, author of … [Read more...]