Valerie Eacret, ERS, for Zondits As with any nonrenewable resource, there are limits to efficiency as a resource. Steven Nadel’s recent paper explores the potential for energy efficiency to provide consistent, sustained savings. The good news is that a 1% load reduction appears to be feasible to at least 2030 – and potentially 2050 – […]
Allison Donnelly, ERS, for Zondits. May 3, 2016. Image credit: Marc van der Chijs Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by former Obama energy advisor Jason Bordoff entitled, “How Driverless Cars Could End up Harming the Environment.” Among the host of benefits being touted by proponents, one that has been getting increasing […]
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 […]
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 […]
Previously, Zondits reported on the resurgence of the idea that energy efficiency’s problem is related to the rebound effect, where efficient equipment and efficiency programs might actually result in greater energy usage. Though this argument has been put forth many times, rebound related to energy efficiency is extremely hard to quantify.
Zondits has previously written on the rebound effect and how it has been used as an argument, albeit a flawed one, against energy efficiency. A few years ago David Owen published a controversial piece in The New Yorker…