US at top worldwide in EE innovation

By Elisa Wood March 30, 2011 This week’s energy news looks bad for the United States – at first glance. The nation has slipped to second behind China in clean energy investment. Moreover, five of the G-20 nations have surpassed the US for clean energy investment relative to size of economy. But look at little deeper into the report, “Who’s … [Read more...]

Exporting Energy Efficiency

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Jim Kapsis, OPOWER’s director of market development and policy strategy. OPOWER is an energy efficiency and smart grid company that’s serving on the US Trade Administration’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee to strengthen US clean energy exports. Exporting Energy … [Read more...]

Electric Cars and the Kindness of Strangers

Guest blog by Cara Miale March 23, 2011 As if we don’t have enough phobias already, now there is range anxiety, a malady brought on by the electric car. But it’s okay; there is a cure, or rather an app for that. Studies indicate that many electric car drivers – and those considering joining the ranks – suffer the fear of running out of power and … [Read more...]

What do energy users want to learn about?

Lisa Cohn, host of EE Markets Podcast, interviews John Pitek, founder of johnnyonenergy.com, which provides educational resources about energy. What do residential customers want to learn about efficiency? And how do they want to get the information? What do energy users want to learn about?] … [Read more...]

Breaking light bulb myths

By Elisa Wood March 16, 2011 I have to agree with the Tea Party; the US government should not choose the light bulbs I use in my home.  And fortunately, it does not. Yet that’s the spin being pushed by those who want to roll back federal lighting performance standards. An odd mythology is developing around the standards. Opponents claim that the … [Read more...]

Maximizing Solar Cell Efficiency

Lisa Cohn, from realenergywriters.com, interviews Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar, which aims to increase solar cell output by 400%. Maximizing Solar Cell Efficiency] … [Read more...]

May The Force be energy efficient

By Elisa Wood March 9, 2011 It was hard to get excited about IBM’s Watson besting two humans in the TV game show Jeopardy and walking away with a $1 million prize last month. After all, thanks to the entertainment industry, we’ve seen robots and computers win in all kinds of ways, from HAL duping the smart astronauts in 2001: A Space Odyssey to … [Read more...]

How to get people to buy into EE part 2

Lisa Cohn of realenergywriters continues her interview with Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and author of “The Upside of Irrationality.” He talks about why people don't invest in EE and how to motivate them. How to get people to buy into EE part 2] … [Read more...]

Prospects for US energy efficiency companies in Israel

By Elisa Wood March 2, 2011 The push for energy efficiency has clearly become worldwide, creating new prospects for US green energy companies to pursue export and foreign partnerships. One such opportunity comes from Israel, with the help of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF), a Washington-based non-profit … [Read more...]

How to get people to buy into EE part 1

Lisa Cohn of realenergywriters interviews Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and author of “The Upside of Irrationality.” He talks about why people don't invest in EE and how to motivate them. How to get people to buy into EE part 1] … [Read more...]