energy efficiency debate

The Energy Efficiency Debate – Cost vs. Savings

Solving the Energy Efficiency Quandary MIT Technology Review, July 8, 2015. Image credit: PeteLinforth That debate has gotten hotter since the release, in late June, of a study by researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley. Entitled Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program, the study examined […]

energy efficiency policies

Are Energy Efficiency Policies as Cost-Effective as We Think?

A big new study looks at federal energy-efficiency efforts — and the results are grim Vox, June 23, 2015. Image credit: PeteLinforth That’s a question raised in a new working paper by Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram. The economists conducted a large randomized controlled trial of 30,000 homes in Michigan involving the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income […]