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Blog Post | May 2, 2018

Efficiency and renewables: the dream team for a clean energy future

With the promising trend of plunging prices for renewable energy, there may be a temptation to wonder whether energy efficiency is still cost effective. The answer is a very affirmative “yes.”  As companies, cities, and states work to keep energy costs down and meet ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, the choice should not be energy efficiency versus renewable energy. To meet these goals, we need to maximize both resources.  

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Blog Post | May 2, 2018

Affordable housing is disappearing; energy efficiency and solar energy can help reverse that trend

Many low-income individuals and families are finding it increasingly difficult to rent apartments (see here and here), but energy efficiency and solar energy can help save affordable multifamily housing.

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Blog Post | April 30, 2018

Blockchain and energy efficiency: a match made in heaven?

Blockchain technology could transform energy efficiency (and the world as we know it), but lately it’s been getting a bad rap. Many recent news reports have focused on how much energy is being used (and wasted by some accounts) to make Bitcoins. But Bitcoin is not the only use of blockchain and most of them are not energy intensive.

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Blog Post | April 25, 2018

What is resilience worth to you? A new metric could answer that question.

Puerto Rico experienced another island-wide blackout last week. Distributed energy resources such as combined heat and power (CHP) could help communities avoid or minimize some impacts of large-scale natural disasters including blackouts.

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Blog Post | April 19, 2018

A budding opportunity for energy efficiency

This year’s 4/20, the high holiday of marijuana culture, comes at a time of robust growth for the cannabis industry. All puns aside, this growth underscores the industry’s need for energy efficiency. As the market develops in states like California, where recreational sales began in January, and Massachusetts, which follows suit in July, and as additional medical and recreational markets emerge around the country, energy efficiency can help reduce the energy use and pollution associated with cannabis cultivation, processing, and distribution facilities.

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Blog Post | April 19, 2018

Energy efficiency can help 32 states meet clean air rules by cutting pollution

Energy efficiency is a proven, low-cost way to reduce pollutants, and it can significantly help 32 states comply with US air quality regulations, according to our new report, Mission Attainment: Incorporating Pollution Reductions from Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans.

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Blog Post | April 16, 2018

How energy efficiency can boost resilience

Extreme weather events and natural disasters such as bomb cyclones, forest fires, the polar vortex, and hurricanes are wreaking havoc on buildings, the electric grid, and other critical US infrastructure. Some communities are still struggling to rebuild from last year’s disasters, even as another hurricane season approaches.

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Blog Post | April 10, 2018

No crystal ball necessary: energy efficiency can help mitigate price volatility

Electricity bills don’t make for terribly exciting reading, but as boring as they may look, there is much more going on beneath the surface. Whereas the price most people pay for electricity remains steady from month to month, electricity costs can change dramatically from one hour to the next for the utilities that send the bills. For example, weather can cause demand to spike, raising prices as well, and suddenly the cost of the electricity is much different from the price we see on our bill.

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Blog Post | April 9, 2018

Lights Out for Residential Lighting Programs? Not Just Yet

LED light bulbs have transitioned from a fledgling technology to a major market player in recent years, with more than 450 million installed nationwide as of 2016.

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Blog Post | April 5, 2018

EPA fails to do its homework on light-duty standards

The “final determination” on light-duty vehicle standards recently issued by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt has all the hallmarks of a bad book report. Despite the complexity of the subject matter, the formal rejection of the Obama-era greenhouse gas standards for model years 2022-2025 does not draw on an ounce of new EPA analysis.

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