Can LED Lights Be Used for All Applications Now?

With California's strict new guidelines for LED lighting, manufacturers are working to come up with lights that provide both energy savings and lighting quality. As they work to improve their technologies, we're seeing LED lights that can be used for many, if not all, applications. That's the word from Mike Watson, vice president of corporate … [Read more...]

EmPOWER Planning Process Helps Envision Future of Maryland’s Energy Efficiency Programs

Maryland enacted one of the nation’s most aggressive energy savings laws with the EmPOWER Maryland Act of 2008 , calling for a 15 percent reduction in per capita electricity consumption by 2015. The five-year-old law helped lay the foundation for a strong energy efficiency portfolio by the state’s major electric utilities, leading to energy savings … [Read more...]

Ductless Cooling Technology Shines In The Midst of Slow-Moving HVAC Technologies

Energy-efficient technology continues to see incremental gains, but one technology stands out: Ductless cooling technology is expected to see revenues grow from $3.9 billion in 2013 to more than $9 billion by 2020, according to a study by Navigant Research. That represents nearly 30 percent of total energy efficient HVAC systems revenue in 2020, … [Read more...]

What Recession? Big Energy Efficiency Service Companies Skipped It. Now Poised to Double Revenues

Energy efficiency’s largest players grew, even as the economy lagged in recent years. And they show no signs of slowing down, says a new report distributed by the National Association of Energy Service Companies. Revenue growth averaged nine percent annually from 2009 to 2011 for large energy efficiency service companies, or ESCOs, according to … [Read more...]

California Decision May Catalyze Energy Efficiency Financing

A new market-shaping decision took place at the California Public Utilities Commission  on Sept. 19. To increase the state’s reliance on private capital for energy efficiency financing, the CPUC allocated $65.9 million for a suite of financing pilot programs for the state’s investor-owned utilities. California’s multipronged approach could lead to … [Read more...]

What We Don’t Know about Energy Efficiency: A Note from the Editorial Staff at

We know a fair amount about energy efficiency. But there is something important we don’t know, and we hope you’ll help us. First, what do we know? Take a look around, and you’ll get a sense of what we’re about. This week we posted an article about Obama’s progress getting 40 GW of new combined heat and power installed … [Read more...]

Changing Consumer Behavior is #1 Challenge for Energy Efficiency Industry

According to the Energy Efficiency Markets Annual Readership Survey, changing consumer behavior is the number one challenge for professionals involved in the energy efficiency industry. While efforts to address U.S. energy needs often focus on developing "green energy sources," U.S. Rep. Brian Baird feels that changing consumer behavior could … [Read more...]

It’s Been a Year Since Obama Set His Big Goal for Combined Heat and Power: How’s He Doing?

Most people grade President Barack Obama based on Syria, health care and the federal budget. But at, we’re watching his progress on combined heat and power (cogeneration). Obama set a goal last year to increase CHP installations 50 percent by 2020.Getting presidential attention was a huge deal for the CHP industry. … [Read more...]

Best Places to Find Energy Efficiency Work: A Closer Look at the ACEEE City Scorecard

Boston ranked first for energy efficiency in the recent city scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. But when it comes to city projects, is Boston the best place for energy efficiency companies to find work or sell products? Perhaps not. ACEEE looked at a range of factors in evaluating, for the first time, how well the … [Read more...]

Huge Residential Demand Response Market; Opower Wants to Crack It On The Cheap

Only about five percent of residential customers now take part in residential demand response programs that could yield huge savings. For example, a report by the Brattle Group says that if utilities could help customers lower their usage by five percent during the top “peak” 80 to 100 hours over the course of the year, it would result in $3 … [Read more...]