energy efficiency market Articles

  • Is the energy efficiency service markets still MUSH?

    We hear a lot about energy efficiency these days, but who is actually pursuing it? In recent years most of the big players that install efficiency measures, the energy service companies (ESCos), have found work largely in the MUSH market:  municipal and state governments, universities, schools and hospitals. In fact, a report in June 2010 by  ...

  • Hot sectors for energy efficiency

    It’s clear that the energy efficiency industry is undergoing an unprecedented boom, spurred by state and federal support and movement toward a smarter grid. But for those in the industry, where exactly can the new business – and the jobs – be found?Two new reports by Colorado-based Pike Research shed some light.After years of focusing on bringing efficiency to manufacturing, policymakers are ...

  • Time to export energy efficiency?

    We keep hearing that China is going to become a really big deal in world energy markets. But it wasn’t until I read this statement by Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Building Council, that I grasped the scope of its coming influence: "China is projected to build the equivalent of 10 New York Cities over the next decade.” For some, such rapid economic expansion by China is cause ...

  • Best states for energy efficiency

    If you live in Connecticut, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey or Ohio your state is doing something right – a lot right – when it comes to energy efficiency. The ten states deserve kudos, in that order, for policies that encourage energy efficiency, according to a report issued this week by the Center for American Progress ...

  • Is there romance in energy efficiency?

    My mother told me many good reasons why I should get married. She appears to have forgotten one. It’s energy efficient.Single people – at least those without roommates – appear to be gobbling up a lot of our energy supply. In fact, one person households are a main cause of consumer energy waste, according to a recent study “Consumer Energy Spending and the Demographics of Over-Consumption” by SMR ...

  • Energy efficiency and calling in the dogs

    By Elisa Wood January 26, 2011   My dogs came in immediately when I called them tonight. The cookies I’ve recently begun serving up upon their return seem be making an impression.  At last they see a reason to leave behind all the fun things to chase in the woods.   Yes, I’ve been slow to understand – or at least enact – the basic ...

  • Energy efficiency without trying (and with)

    John Lennon wrote that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.  Apparently, the same is true of energy efficiency. Energy savings happen when we’re busy doing other things – Internet-based things specifically. We use email, bank online and download music not to save energy, but to make life easier and more interesting.  Energy efficiency is a ...

  • Energy Efficiency and PV: Together Forever

    We have seen a marriage of the energy efficiency and solar energy industries as the US has worked to green its buildings. In fact, some financing programs require that all cost-effective efficiency be pursued before solar panels are installed.  Here Elisa Wood interviews Liz Merry, owner of Verve Solar Consulting, about how the solar industry views energy efficiency and the outlook for ...

  • The one energy efficiency report to read

    Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, raised a lot of eyebrows recently when he suggested that the US may no longer need to build conventional power plants – that efficiency and renewable energy might meet our needs.He has since clarified his position, saying much will depend on how we think about energy, its use in the system, and market response.Still, critics ...

  • Export opportunity for US energy efficiency?

    For a long time the energy efficiency industry operated largely under the two-guys-and-a-truck-model: local businesses made up of small contractors. Then the ‘super’ energy efficiency service companies (ESCOs) emerged, big operations taking on big contracts often for government, schools or hospitals, like the $35 million deal that Pepco Energy Services signed with the Prince ...

  • Utilities: friend or foe of energy efficiency?

    With oil prices so high, talk again has turned to making the U.S. more energy efficient. In the power industry, utilities have been typically charged with this mission. Or to more aptly describe it, they have gotten dragged, kicking and screaming, into helping their customers use less electricity. You can’t blame them for resisting. An electric utility is a business that makes its money ...

  • What energy efficiency type are you?

    By Elisa Wood July 29, 2010  Not so long ago, consumers seemed to like energy efficiency just a little bit more than going to the dentist. Clearly that has changed, as evidenced by the recent run on appliance and home retrofit subsidies in several states. Greens are no longer alone in swooning over front loader washing machines and geothermal heat pumps. But who exactly are these new ...

  • Energy Efficiency prospects: What to watch

    Events unfolding in two US Northeast states – New York and Massachusetts – signal increased business opportunity for energy efficiency companies, green architects, lighting contractors, smart grid innovators and others in the business of saving energy. First, the energy efficiency world should keep an eye on debate over the possible shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in ...

  • Investors and public back energy efficiency

    Energy efficiency finally has transitioned from being a good idea to a good business – to a very good business. Money poured into the industry last year, pumping up total deal values by 664.7% and making 2009 energy efficiency’s break-out year, according to Peachtree Green Advisors. ...

  • How risky are energy efficiency investments?

    Last week’s announcement of $8.3 billion – and possibly as much as $54.5 billion – in US federal loan guarantees for nuclear power plants sparked debate about risk of default on loans. What are the chances the plants will be built? Critics unearthed a Congressional Budget Office report citing a 50% risk the projects will fail. The Department of Energy countered that the report is seven years old ...

  • Energy efficiency: What are the laggards thinking?

    Why do some states avoid creating policies that encourage consumers and businesses to save energy? What’s the psychology of the laggards? A new report by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy sheds some insight as it examines the states that consistently fall behind in the organization’s annual energy efficiency ...

  • Energy efficiency: Cure for mortgage meltdown?

    By Elisa Wood October 7, 2010   My first reaction was that the Alliance to Save Energy was stretching a bit by titling its October 6 talk: “Is energy efficiency the key to recovery from the recession?” But after hearing David Goldstein’s presentation, I must admit I’m thinking about energy efficiency in a whole different way. Goldstein, author of the ...

  • The 14 best states for energy efficiency

    Once a “token gesture,” energy efficiency is now increasingly becoming a “first fuel” — the resource utilities seek before any other, even before renewable energy or other in-favor generation sources. So says the report, “Meeting Aggressive New State Goals for Utility-Sector Energy Efficiency: Examining Key Factors Associated with High Savings,” issued today by the American Council for an ...

  • How to make energy efficiency affordable

    Energy efficiency is a tortoise in the green energy race. Not glamorous like solar, wind or smart grid, it tends to plod along in the back of the pack, attracting little media attention. But being last can be a good thing; you learn from the frontrunners. Such is the case when it comes to financing. EE is beginning to borrow from strategies that have spurred tremendous growth for solar and other ...

  • White paper and audio series: Exporting US energy efficiency: Reaching growing international markets

    Is it time for your company to move into international markets Our new white paper and audio series can help.Written by veteran energy journalists Elisa Wood and Lisa Cohn – based on interviews with government trade officials and US companies – the white paper describes: The market and political forces that make now the time for US companies to begin exporting energy efficiency. ...

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