Momentum Builds for Energy Efficiency…But is the Wolf at the Door?

It says something that Ernest Moniz chose to deliver his first public talk as US energy secretary to an energy efficiency crowd. His appearance May 16, 2013 at EE Global in Washington, D.C. was a surprise of sorts. And the timing was significant. Moniz had only been confirmed as energy secretary three hours before taking the podium at the Alliance … [Read more...]

The Good News About Appliance Standards

Lisa Cohn interviews Joanna Mauer and Andrew deLaski, the lead authors of a new ACEEE and ASAP report about appliances. The study found that as appliance efficiency has improved, prices have declined. Manufacturers have offered new features without sacrificing performance. Follow our podcast feed or find us on itunes. … [Read more...]

Benefits of Obama’s Proposal to Double Energy Productivity

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Alex Lasky, president of Opower, about President Obama’s proposal, included in the budget, to double energy productivity through a “Race to the Top” program that would focus on energy efficiency. Benefits would include 1.3 million new jobs and slashing the cost of energy imports. Opower is a member … [Read more...]

Electricity Loss and Theft: Who Pays?

We fret about turning off the lights to save pennies on energy. Meanwhile, electricity worth billions of dollars gets lost or stolen on the world’s power grids every year. In industry jargon, the problem is known as ‘line loss.’ A certain amount of electricity generated by a power plant never makes it to the consumer – or at least the paying … [Read more...]

Big Business and Colleges Drive 70% Growth for Firm

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Matt Frey, president and CEO of Optimum Energy, a leading provider of scalable optimization for enterprise level HVAC systems. The company has seen 70% growth. What’s driving it? Big Business and Colleges Drive 70% Growth for Firm] Follow our podcast feed or find us on itunes. … [Read more...]

Microgrids: Coming or No?

By Elisa Wood May 6, 2013 You know that experience, when you buy a new car, and suddenly you see the model everywhere? Since Superstorm Sandy I’ve had the equivalent experience with the term ‘microgrid.’ Policymakers and thought leaders in the US Northeast started talking microgrid in earnest shortly after the October 2012 storm leveled … [Read more...]