Efficiency and the Jobs Argument

By Elisa Wood September 25, 2008 How will the recent bad economic news affect energy efficiency efforts? Will state lawmakers retreat from the many financial commitments made over the last year? It is too soon to know the answer. But one thing is for sure, the industry may have to shift its marketing message. Consumers and politicians typically … [Read more...]

Improving the Efficiency of the Transmission Grid

Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Kenneth Reich, partner in WolfBlock's Environmental and Land Use Practice Group in Boston. He discusses the need for federal policy to fix the outdated and inefficient US transmission system. A national energy policy must alleviate grid congestion, implement energy efficiency and demand side resources, and … [Read more...]

Revolutionizing the Transmission System

Energy Efficiency Markets Podcast interviews Kurt Yeager, co-author of the new book "Perfect Power: How the Microgrid Revolution will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, More Abundant Energy." The electric transmission grid in the US is outdated and overloaded and is not sufficient for the addition of new, intermittent, renewable energy sources. He argues … [Read more...]

Profile of a White Tag Project

By Lisa Cohn September 18, 2008 Few topics we write about here draw as much attention as energy efficiency certificates. After we mention the certificates, we inevitably receive inquiries from data centers or other large energy users, who want more information. The certificates also are called “white tags,” a term trademarked by marketer Sterling … [Read more...]

Next, the Air Car?

By Reid Smith September 11, 2008 Vehicles account for 26% of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions, and 51% of the average household's daily CO2 output (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/climate.shtml), according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. So, clearly fuel economy is critical to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Big car … [Read more...]

Science Fiction Is Now a Reality: Smart Building

Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Nancy Edwards Cronin, principal partner with IP Capital Group. She discusses the growing market for "new" Smart Buildings and how science fiction is becoming a reality as technology advances and prices drop for energy efficient appliances. For example, technologies are under development that may deliver wireless … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for the Next US Industrial Boom

By Elisa Wood September 4, 2008 Selling large manufacturers on energy efficiency isn’t easy, even though they stand to achieve great bang for the buck. Manufacturers are apt to only consider efficiency improvements as part of a major plant expansion or improvement. Such capital expenditures tend to occur in a cyclical fashion, and manufacturers … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Businesses and Reaching New Markets, Pt.2

Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Steve Wunker, senior partner with Innosight, which advises businesses about entering new markets. He discusses the strategic side of entering new markets for companies that offer energy efficiency technologies. He recommends that expanding businesses try to win on several performance metrics and seek trade offs … [Read more...]