Congress Feels No Pain

By Elisa Wood July 31, 2008 A big question often asked by energy analysts is: How high must energy prices be to motivate customers to change their behavior? We are beginning to think that the more perplexing matter is just how much do we pay before Congress reforms its behavior. Prices are plenty high enough to encourage customers to conserve. … [Read more...]

Market Drivers for Energy Efficient Building Retrofits

EE Markets Podcast interviews Gail Suchman, an attorney at the New York law firm, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, who discusses forces that drive today … [Read more...]

Venture Capital and Start-Up Options in EE, Part 2

EE Markets Podcast interviews Drew Clark, co-founder and director of strategy for IBM Venture Capital Group, who addresses venture capital and start-up opportunities in EE. He explains how IBM Venture Capital Group partners with traditional venture capital firms, then uses its expertise and skills to leverage start-ups into profitable … [Read more...]

What’s Cool about Air Conditioning

By Elisa Wood July 24, 2008 Conservationists often mock Americans for their love affair with the car. But the air conditioner appears to be a growing rival for our affection. Twenty years ago only about one-quarter of US residences had central air conditioning; by 2005 it was up to 62%, according to the United States Census Bureau. … [Read more...]

Mr. Pickens, What About Plug-In Hybrids?

By Elisa Wood July 17, 2008 T. Boone Pickens deserves kudos for his attention-grabbing television campaign aimed at helping America kick the oil habit. The billionaire energy fund manager can stop the most dedicated channel surfer mid-click when he proclaims that our spending on foreign oil could soon become the largest transfer of wealth in human … [Read more...]

Venture Capital and Start-Up Options in EE, Part 1

EE Markets Podcast interviews Drew Clark, co-founder and director of strategy for IBM Venture Capital Group, who addresses venture capital and start-up opportunities in EE. He explains how IBM Venture Capital Group partners with traditional venture capital firms, then uses its expertise and skills to leverage start-ups into profitable … [Read more...]

And Now for Some Good Economic News: EE Workers Needed

By Elisa Wood July 10, 2008 With energy demand high and supply tight, the only thing in abundance these days is uncertainty. So says a recent Standard & Poor’s report: “The Credit Impact of Rising Energy Costs on Industry Sectors.” “Whether energy production can keep up with demand growth is a major question,” says the credit rating agency. … [Read more...]

How Power Hungry Is Home Entertainment?

By Patrick Costello Plasma televisions, video game consoles, and cable set-top boxes find their way into more and more American homes thanks to lower prices and aggressive marketing. While this trend makes for better home entertainment, it strikes a blow to energy conservation efforts. For example, even when just in standby mode, a plasma … [Read more...]

Public Power Seizes New Energy Efficiency Opportunities Pt.2

Mark Crisson, CEO of the American Public Power Association, discusses how the public power business model lends itself to efficiency efforts. He describes APPA's new partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and its plans to help expand energy efficiency offerings for the 2,000 not-for-profit utilities it serves. … [Read more...]