energy efficiency


New Analysis Shows Minnesota Can Save Millions AND Cut Carbon Pollution

, energy analyst

A new UCS analysis released today shows that strengthening Minnesota’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency will drive billions in capital investments, reduce carbon emissions, and lead to significant cost savings on consumer electricity bills through 2030. Read more >

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Coupling Efficiency and Cleaner Energy: Energy Efficiency, Part 3

, Kendall Science Fellow

Energy efficiency can enable the use of cleaner energy resources, but there are some situations in which the interaction is more complex (as I noted earlier.) Let’s take a look at one instance in which they work together well, one instance in which policy alters this relationship, and one area that I’m starting to explore. Read more >

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In Michigan, Renewable Energy and Efficiency Take a Hit in Proposed Legislation

, energy analyst

After years of analysis and public input, months of hearings, and now weeks of political maneuvering, Michigan took a small step towards overhauling its energy policy last week when the House Energy Policy Committee approved its legislative proposal. Unfortunately, “E” for effort doesn’t cut it, and the proposal on the table falls short of what’s best for Michigan. The end result of this proposal would slow development of Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency resources and do little to ensure the state achieves Governor Snyder’s goal of 40 percent of Michigan’s energy demand from renewables and efficiency by 2025. Read more >

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What is the Rebound Effect? — Energy Efficiency, Part 2

, Kendall Science Fellow

In my previous post, I noted that energy efficiency by itself does not necessarily reduce emissions, but it does give us the resources to clean up our energy supply. One complicating factor in projecting energy savings from efficiency is the “rebound effect.” Here’s what it is, how it works, and what it means for efficiency. Read more >

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Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and the Growing Risks of Storm Surge and Blackouts

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Superstorm Sandy was a big wake-up call for the Northeast when it made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ, on October 29, 2012. In addition to the tragic loss of lives and property, Sandy caused billions of dollars of damages and left more than 8 million people in 21 states without power. On the third anniversary of Sandy, a new UCS analysis looks at what steps have been taken to make our electricity grid less vulnerable and more resilient to power outages from storm surge and coastal flooding on the East and Gulf Coasts. The answer? Some, but not enough. Read more >

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