Obama, energy efficiency & accountability

By Elisa Wood January 28, 2010 Not once, but twice President Obama mentioned the importance of energy efficiency in his state of the union address January 27. His support for the resource is no surprise; his administration has channeled $20 billion toward energy savings programs. Obama made clear that going into his second year his support will … [Read more...]

New technology for the Smart Grid part 2

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Matt Marshall, founder of VentureBeat, about Silicon Valley's role in smart grid innovation. He explains how companies are developing new technologies for the grid that give consumers easier access to information and increased control of their personal energy use. New technology … [Read more...]

Investors and public back energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood January 21, 2010 Energy efficiency finally has transitioned from being a good idea to a good business – to a very good business. Money poured into the industry last year, pumping up total deal values by 664.7% and making 2009 energy efficiency’s break-out year, according to Peachtree Green Advisors. … [Read more...]

New technology for the Smart Grid part 1

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Matt Marshall, founder of VentureBeat, about Silicon Valley's role in smart grid innovation. He explains how companies are developing new technologies for the grid that give consumers easier access to information and increased control of their personal energy use. New technology for the Smart Grid … [Read more...]

Smart Grid: The Game

By Elisa Wood January 14, 2010 In his best seller “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell shows that it is not equipment failure or storms that typically cause planes to crash, but wrong decision-making. Much the same can be said for the power grid crash that took down a large swath of the Northeast in August 2003. The emerging smart grid is supposed to … [Read more...]

Cutting fossil fuel use with bioplastics part 2

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Frederic Scheer, founder and CEO of Cereplast, a company that produces plastics without petroleum. Ten percent of the fossil fuels imported into the US are used in plastics, he says. … [Read more...]

Cutting fossil fuel use with bioplastics part 2

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Frederic Scheer, founder and CEO of Cereplast, a company that produces plastics without petroleum. Ten percent of the fossil fuels imported into the US are used in plastics, he says. … [Read more...]

Cutting fossil fuel use with bioplastics part 1

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Frederic Scheer, founder and CEO of Cereplast, a company that produces plastics without petroleum. Ten percent of the fossil fuels imported into the US are used in plastics, he says. … [Read more...]

Ghost in green building

By Elisa Wood January 8, 2010 In midtown Manhattan, home of the nation’s priciest office space, the equivalent of 16 office towers, each 40 stories high, now stand empty. This statistic, from the Wall Street Journal, underscores the vast damage inflicted on commercial real estate by the economic downturn. … [Read more...]