Energy and Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’

By Elisa Wood March 7, 2013 Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ is the latest ‘Downton Abbey.’ Or for us older folks, it is the latest who-shot-JR Ewing – a television series that lots of people are talking about. A story of Congressional intrigue, the 13-part series has caught the attention of not only the viewing public, but also Washington … [Read more...]

Commission Report Features Financing in Recommendations to Double U.S. Energy Efficiency

By Kat Friedrich, Clean Energy Finance Center Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets February 20, 2013 The Alliance to Save Energy’s Commission on National Energy Policy included financing as one of the central recommendations in its recent report, “Energy 2030: Doubling U.S. Energy Productivity by 2030.”  The commission consists of some of … [Read more...]

Obama and the reinvention of energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood February 13, 2012 The energy efficiency industry received a nice boost this week during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Obama called for cutting energy use by half over the next 20 years. Such attention comes at a significant point in the history of the energy efficiency movement. It appears to be … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency: Who gets it? Anybody?

By Elisa Wood January 30, 2013 It’s easy for those of us who ‘talk’ energy every day to forget that we operate in a bubble. Outside the bubble the average household is at best vaguely aware of the enormous technology revolution about to change the way each of us uses electricity. Two recent studies provide some insight into how little of our … [Read more...]

Markets for Energy Efficiency in 2013: Part II

By Elisa Wood December 20, 2012 California holds the unofficial title of greenest of US states. But Massachusetts might swipe the crown if it keeps up its current pace investing in green energy. For those in the energy efficiency industry, Massachusetts is a state to watch for opportunity. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy … [Read more...]

What if you can’t afford LED lights?

By Elisa Wood December 4, 2012 Advanced lighting has brought us not only energy savings, but also a slew of new screw-in-a-light bulb jokes. For LEDs, it usually goes something like this: How many people does it take to screw in a LED light? One. And a roomful of deep wallets to pay for it. To be fair, the cost of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency and a cold marriage

By Elisa Wood November 29, 2012 We know energy efficiency can save the world, but can it save a marriage? Leave it to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to take on that question. The agency is known for its vanguard energy research.  But it is one thing to produce papers on topics like ‘Air Bypass in … [Read more...]

Worldwide energy savings, no magic required

By Elisa Wood November 14, 2012 Is all this effort to save energy worth it? Consider this. Had we neglected energy efficiency from 1980 to 2010, worldwide energy use would be 35 percent higher. What does this mean? Look at the amount of energy used in the world’s two largest economies – the United States and China. That’s about how much … [Read more...]

Reports of Clean Energy’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

By Guest Blogger Stephen L. Cowell October 31, 2011 If the notion "he who lives by the subsidy dies by the subsidy" is true, then oil, gas and nuclear companies must be dying a thousand deaths. "A Sad Green Story," the recent New York Times article by David Brooks, is way off the mark with where we need to go as a country and as an entire … [Read more...]

Survey: What will it take to make buildings more efficient?

By Elisa Wood October 18, 2012 In 2010, China built more housing than Spain has homes. That factoid underscores the significance of energy efficiency for buildings in a report released this week by an affiliate of the respected publication, The Economist. Commissioned by the Global Buildings Performance Network, the report emerged from a … [Read more...]