Promoting industrial energy efficiency

Promoting industrial energy efficiency

Wayne Kovach writes on the Manufacturing Business Technology website about the Better Plants Programme in the US.   Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency The Better Plants Program recently recognized eleven manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by … Continue reading

Impact of fuel-efficient vehicles in Ireland

Impact of fuel-efficient vehicles in Ireland

Frank McDonald writes in the Irish Times about the significant reduction in energy consumption by the switch to energy-efficient vehicles in Ireland.   Fuel-efficient cars reduce energy use by a quarter Consumer preference for more fuel-efficient cars has reduced energy use in the transport sector by 25 per cent since 2007, according to data released … Continue reading

What smart grids offer

What smart grids offer

Smart approaches to our energy transitions are gaining attention. Glen Martin writes on the Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy website about the need for smart grids to help the transition to alternative energy.   ‘Smart grid’ needed to shift electrical system to alternative energy Electrical grids are balky beasts, and nobody knows that better … Continue reading

How renewable energy should be subsidised

How renewable energy should be subsidised

Seldom do we think about how we should provide subsidies. Iván Martén. senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group, provides three important principles in a recent Wall Street Journal blog.   Three Principles for Subsidizing Renewable Energy Renewable-energy production brings extra costs to the power system that should be managed and subsidized in the most … Continue reading