How managing building energy demand can aid the clean energy transition

Since buildings consume 75% of electricity in the U.S., they offer great potential for saving energy and reducing the demands on our rapidly changing electric grid. But how much, where, and through which strategies could better management of building energy use actually impact the electricity system? Dan Hounsell discusses the report in an article on … Continue reading How managing building energy demand can aid the clean energy transition

With greater ambition, Germany can meet all its energy demand with renewable energy within next 15 years

Charlotte Nijhuis writes on the Clean Energy Wire about a new report by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) showing that Germany can meet its entire energy demand in little more than a decade by renewable energy. Now, let’s see if the country takes up the challenge.   Germany can fulfil entire energy … Continue reading With greater ambition, Germany can meet all its energy demand with renewable energy within next 15 years

Human development is not only a matter of economic justice but also climate justice

Marta Baltruszewicz, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Earth and Environment at University of Leeds raises some important issues in an article on The Conversation website, showing that there is an important counter-intuitive finding showing that lower levels of deprivation were linked to lower levels of energy demand, not higher levels.   Reducing poverty can actually lower … Continue reading Human development is not only a matter of economic justice but also climate justice

Changing some of our energy use routines due to the pandemic really can have significant benefits for ourselves and the planet

Philipp Grünewald, EPSRC Fellow, Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford writes on The Conversation website about learning from the first lockdown to provide us with important lessons as we cope with the current pandemic.   Four energy-saving lessons from the first lockdown which may help us through the winter The gold standard … Continue reading Changing some of our energy use routines due to the pandemic really can have significant benefits for ourselves and the planet

Britain’s energy bill for its Parliament goes up

In a few days, Britons will go to the polls to elect the next government. Environmental issues have come up but not as much as Brexit, not surprisingly. Extinction Rebellion and others are keeping environmental issues as visible as possible. While the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place for both the House of Commons and … Continue reading Britain’s energy bill for its Parliament goes up

Solving the energy consumption and scaling problems will be crucial if Bitcoin, or any other cryptocurrency, is ever to fulfil its dream of replacing existing payment method

“The energy consumption required to continue this speculative bubble is tremendous. Maintaining the Bitcoin network currently consumes more electricity than entire nations like Switzerland …” writes Thomas Hornigold on the singularityhub website about the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. He goes on to discuss the energy issues and the options that are becoming available. He concludes: “We can’t … Continue reading Solving the energy consumption and scaling problems will be crucial if Bitcoin, or any other cryptocurrency, is ever to fulfil its dream of replacing existing payment method

“Using less energy should be the beginning point, the ending point and occupy every in-between point on the path to sane energy use”

Don Fitz writes on the Resilience website about concerns (“myths”) about renewable energy in our low carbon energy transition.  He has one key message – we must reduce our energy demand.   What Is Energy Denial? The fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day of 1970 will be in 2020. As environmentalism has gone mainstream … Continue reading “Using less energy should be the beginning point, the ending point and occupy every in-between point on the path to sane energy use”

Addressing our energy demand is fundamental for our low carbon energy transition

There is much to do to reach net zero emissions.  One crucial area that must be addressed is our energy consumption. Tim Foxon explains in an article on the Sustainability Times website.   To have net zero emissions we must lower our energy needs Reaching net zero carbon emissions will require a new energy-industrial revolution, … Continue reading Addressing our energy demand is fundamental for our low carbon energy transition

Linking energy demand projects and the correct policy approach

Government predictions of future energy use have been shown to be less than accurate. But unless new policies are put into place forecasts of growing energy use will prove correct.  Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, gives his views of the current situation in the June issue of Energy in Industry & … Continue reading Linking energy demand projects and the correct policy approach

New UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand announced

If we are to get on to a sustainable path to achieve our long-term low-carbon energy transition objectives, we have much more work to do on energy demand. It was welcome news to A new research centre, the UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand (UKCRED), to develop and deliver internationally leading research, focusing on … Continue reading New UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand announced