Overriding Common Sense: An Attack on Energy Efficiency Standards

By Andrew deLaski, Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets July 25, 2011 A new report published last week by the anti-regulatory Mercatus Center (an advocacy outfit associated with the Koch brothers) took aim at appliance and vehicle efficiency standards. In the report, the authors argue that standards reduce consumer choice and are not … [Read more...]

Smart grid systems cut costs with flexibility

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Ron Dizy, president of Embala Power Networks, about its $1.8 million award from the Ontario Ministry of Energy to use large energy users' electricity to provide flexibility in the grid and eventually integrate green resources.   Smart grid systems cut costs with flexibility  ] … [Read more...]

Would Gordon Gekko go green?

By Elisa Wood July 17, 2012 Energy books tend to be either jargon-filled tomes or hand-wringing, end-of-the-world, please-just-shoot-me-now reprimands. So it was a relief to see that Brian Keane avoids both of these worn-out roads in his new book, “Green is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy.” Keane … [Read more...]

EE leads investment growth in sustainable industry

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Michael Butler, chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital, about why there is hope for the sustainable industries, despite weak first quarter financing, and how EE is the top sector attracting investment.   EE leads investment growth in sustainable industry ] … [Read more...]

50% more distributors selling LEDs

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Ted Konnerth, founder, president and CEO of Egret Consulting Group, which recently conducted a study finding that the number of lighting distributors stocking LED grew by more than 50% in less than two years.   50% more distributors selling LEDs  ] … [Read more...]

On-bill Repayment: Great Promise, But Challenges Remain

By Kat Friedrich Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets July 11, 2012 On-bill repayment has received a great deal of attention during the last few years as a potential approach to expanding the reach of energy efficiency financing in the residential and commercial sectors.  With on-bill repayment, utilities or third-party lenders cover the … [Read more...]

Too good to fail: What’s wrong with the electric grid?

By Elisa Wood July 5, 2012 The temperature is 100 degrees and we have no air conditioning, no running water, no telephone and no Internet. It’s been 60 hours since our household lost electricity because of the super derecho, a rare surprise storm that swept ten US states and the nation’s capital on June 29. About 5 million of us suddenly are … [Read more...]

The benefits of new retrofit lighting technology

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Kurt Vogel, director of product development, RELIGHT at Lithonia Lighting. He discusses new advances in lighting retrofit technology and addresses when it's best to retrofit vs. choose other lighting upgrade options.   The benefits of new retrofit lighting technology ] … [Read more...]