COVID-19 has helped researchers better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment

Although COVID-19 itself, and the associated containment measures, have had tragic consequences for societies, it also serves as an unprecedented natural experiment that helps us to better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment. Frederik Noack, Assistant Professor, environmental economics, University of British Columbia; Dominic Rohner, Professor of Economics, Université de Lausanne; and … Continue reading COVID-19 has helped researchers better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment

State and local government buildings in New York State are expected to be at the front of the effort to reduce energy use and emissions

It is encouraging to see the funding going into the renovation of public buildings in New York State. Latest develops are explained in a news article on the Renewable Energy Magazine website.   NY Governor Cuomo Announces $1.5 Billion in Funding for Energy Efficiency Improvements New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has said that … Continue reading State and local government buildings in New York State are expected to be at the front of the effort to reduce energy use and emissions

Latest analysis shows that California really is the American leader in being energy efficient

David Roberts writes on the Vox website about how California became the clear leader in the US for being energy efficient. Maybe there are lessons for all of us to learn.   How California became far more energy-efficient than the rest of the country The Trump administration is currently attempting to stop California from setting … Continue reading Latest analysis shows that California really is the American leader in being energy efficient

What improved energy efficiency could bring to the state of New York

It is always encouraging to see ambitious efforts in sustainable energy. Sneha Ayyagari and Jackson Morris write on the Natural Resources Defense Council website about the benefits that will come to New York State from an ambitious energy efficiency approach expected to be announced soon. New Analysis: Strong NY Efficiency Target Will Save Billions New … Continue reading What improved energy efficiency could bring to the state of New York

What California is doing to address energy equity

Increasingly we discuss fuel poverty but it is not normally looked at from an equity perspective. Maria Stamas and Isaac Sevier explain recent developments in California in an article on the writes on the Natural Resources Defense Council website.   California Takes 5 Steps Toward Energy Equity Approximately one in five California households lives at … Continue reading What California is doing to address energy equity

India focusing on best practice in energy efficiency

Energy transitions are never easy and there are always mixed messages. While India is still using coal and other fossil fuels far too much there are encouraging developments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. A news item in the New Indian Express states that Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu is requiring his officials to study … Continue reading India focusing on best practice in energy efficiency

California Energy Commission unanimously adopted energy-saving targets for 2030

As Europe is still in the process of revising its targets for 2030, California has established a new energy savings target for 2030. Given the lack of leadership at the federal level, this is welcome news. Mohit Chhabra explains in an article on the Natural Resources Defense Council.   California Establishes a Path to an … Continue reading California Energy Commission unanimously adopted energy-saving targets for 2030

How one California county is addressing its energy transition

Joe Naiman writes in the Fallbrook and Bonsall Village News about recent developments for the San Diego County to implement its renewable energy plan. It is a good story for all of us.   Supervisors support comprehensive renewable energy plan program The San Diego County Board of Supervisors held a hearing on Phase I of … Continue reading How one California county is addressing its energy transition

Issues related to the energy transition in the state of Ohio

It is always instructive to follow sustainable energy developments in cities and regions. Bob Brecha, a professor of Physics and Renewable and Clean Energy at the University of Dayton, and Research Director at UD's Hanley Sustainability Institute, provides a good overview on the WYSO website of important issues related to the state’s energy transition. As … Continue reading Issues related to the energy transition in the state of Ohio

Looking for new ways to help customers save energy

The state of Vermont has been one of the leaders in addressing energy efficiency in the United States. While much has been done, it is encouraging to see that Efficiency Vermont is still challenging the status quo to achieve even greater savings. Tim Perrin from Efficiency Vermont writes about a recent pilot project in the … Continue reading Looking for new ways to help customers save energy