Will cyber-sensitives reveal the future of energy efficiency?

By Elisa Wood February 29, 2012 The US economy is three times larger than China’s, yet when it comes to developing a clean energy industry, China keeps besting us. The US came in second – again – to China this quarter in Ernst & Young’s much-watched renewable energy ranking released February 28. But there is one clean energy segment where … [Read more...]

Safe, Efficient Light Bulbs–Not LED or CFL

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Scott Blackstone, CEO of Vu 1 about the company's light bulbs, which he says are more efficiant than incandescents, sager than CFLs and less expensive than LEDs. They are now being carried by Lowe's.   Safe, Efficient Light Bulbs--Not LED or CFL ] … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency: A way for colleges to save and make money?

By Elisa Wood February 23, 2012 The Obama administration – and every parent with a child in college – is concerned about the ever-escalating cost of higher education. And for good reason. Tuition, room and board rose 37 percent for undergraduates at public colleges and 25 percent at private colleges (adjusted for inflation) from 2000 to 2010, … [Read more...]

EE Recycles Money That Would Be Wasted

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Don Gilligan, president of the National Association of Energy Service Companies, about the recent White House announcement to use energy savings performance contracts in federal facilities. He likens such project s to recycling money that would otherwise be wasted. EE Recycles Money That Would Be … [Read more...]

Obama’s budget good for energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood February 16, 2012 President Obama's 2013 budget caused a lot of smiles this week among energy efficiency advocates – even if it is more of a wish list than anything else. Obama calls for about $1.2 billion in spending for energy efficiency. What’s this mean to the energy efficiency industry? Kateri Callahan, president of the … [Read more...]

Why Utility Cost-Effectiveness Tests Undermine EE

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Kara Saul-Rinaldi, executive director, National Home Performance Council about why certain utility cost-effectiveness tests are more accurate – and why certain tests undermine the implementation of EE programs. Why Utility Cost-Effectiveness Tests Undermine EE] … [Read more...]

Trends in Energy Efficiency in 2012 Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com continues her interview with Gary Fromer, senior vice president of demand response for Constellation Energy, about growing efficiency/electricity usage trends in 2012. Trends in Energy Efficiency in 2012 Part 2 ] … [Read more...]

Opportunities for energy innovators

By Elisa Wood February 8, 2012 For a long time ‘clean’ and  ‘green’ marked the forward trend in the energy industry. Then came the quest for ‘smart’ energy.  And now ‘innovation’ is the buzzword. It’s easy to see why.  As Americans, we believe our ability to innovate sets us apart in today’s international market.  Sure China can manufacture … [Read more...]

Trends in Energy Efficiency in 2012 Part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Gary Fromer, senior vice president of demand response for Constellation Energy, about growing efficiency/electricity usage trends in 2012. Trends in Energy Efficiency in 2012 Part 1 ] … [Read more...]

Clean energy: How much hot air?

By Elisa Wood February 1, 2012   NewScientist’s January 28 issue is likely to unsettle clean energy advocates – but it is worth the read. The cover article, “Power paradox: Clean might not be green forever,” posits that even renewable energy can warm the planet, and eventually change climate, if we continue to ratchet up power production to … [Read more...]