6 Trends That Show Environmental Policies in Action… and Working!

This article was originally published on aceee.org, June 12, 2019. Major energy efficiency policies slashed US energy use by about 20% in 2017, saving a whopping 25 quads of energy —the amount used in California, Texas, and Florida combined. Two US policies now at risk accounted for the majority of these savings. Vehicle fuel economy … Read more

International Energy Agency Report: Energy Efficiency 2018

IEA: Energy efficiency is the cornerstone for building a sustainable energy system Written by Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International, elp.com, October 19, 2018 A global effort to deploy the right energy efficiency policies could, on its own, see greenhouse gas emissions peak quickly and then fall even as the global economy doubles between … Read more

Iowa House Commerce Committee Passes Bill Limiting Energy Efficiency

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Anti-EE Bill Advances in Iowa Legislature Written by Leah Scull, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, March 21, 2018 Last week the Iowa House Commerce Committee passed Senate File 2311, a bill that will significantly alter the way utilities drive customer energy savings programs in Iowa. The bill has already passed the Senate and is now eligible to go … Read more

Local Governments are Key Actors in the Climate Change Fight

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Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits Clean energy is not the sole province of the federal government. Although the Obama administration included energy efficiency and clean energy in its platform, it is unclear how the new Trump administration will treat these policy issues. Given the uncertainty of federal initiatives going forward, it is now more than … Read more

Will Ohio Choose Energy Efficiency?

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Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits Zondits has previously written about Ohio’s tumultuous relationship with energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. Over the past few years Ohio has been in a suspended state as these goals remain frozen, putting the future of energy efficiency and renewable energy on hold. Now a new bill (HB 554) has … Read more

A Contrarian View of Energy Efficiency for Your Serious Consideration

David Reynolds, ERS, for Zondits Seriously. The point of this article is to challenge those who believe in energy efficiency and all of the benefits it provides to society and to the environment – and to our continued employment in a noble field. It is time to rethink, reevaluate, and restate the benefits of energy … Read more

The Results Are In: Massachusetts Ties California as Most Energy-Efficient State

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Several States Show Marked Improvement in 2016 ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Ethan Forauer, ERS, for Zondits Energy efficiency continued to accelerate across the United States over the last year, and the improvements are evident in the tenth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). … Read more

Why the E2e Study Reinforces the Importance of Field Testing & Program Evaluation

Gita Subramony for Zondits, July 1, 2015. Image credit: Jeff Perkins A new study examines the cost-effectiveness of Michigan’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program. The study concluded that the program in Michigan did help families reduce energy usage by 10%–20%, but that the program only saved $2,400 per household on average compared with costs of about … Read more

Calling Out the Efficacy of Energy Efficiency

A new study claims the fiscal cost of upgrades outshine the savings by 50%. Amber Plante for Zondits, June 29, 2015. Image credit: Bullhorn Energy efficiency gives us a way to use less power, reduce costs, and still live comfortably. This principle has been at the forefront of the movement to upgrade lighting, household appliances, … Read more