Tagged with Energy Efficiency

Interactions between a Federal Carbon Tax and Other Climate Policies

Columbia University SIPA, School on Global Energy Policy / by Justin Gundlach, Ron Minsk and Dr. Noah Kaufman https://bit.ly/2UCmcRP [Axios]  A Columbia University energy think tank published a new paper [executive summary attached] that offers a framework for considering policies that are either complementary or redundant with a tax on emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial … Continue reading

LNG Versus Solar Power: What is the Best Option for Island Power Markets?

Wood MacKenzie [free download with Scribd registration] https://www.scribd.com/document/362638510/Lng-vs-Solar-Insight [Axios] A new analysis from the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie compares the costs of using solar power and liquefied natural gas to replace the petroleum fuel, mostly diesel, that currently supplies power to several thousand islands worldwide. What they found: LNG, and systems that combine solar and LNG, would already be cheaper on … Continue reading

Environmental Policy Design, Innovation And Efficiency Gains In Electricity Generation

OECD / by Nick Johnstone, et al. http://bit.ly/1q82ey9 This paper explores the relationship between environmental regulation, innovation, and competitiveness, drawing upon a unique dataset on environmental regulations directed at combustion plants, a global dataset of power plants, and a global dataset of ‘environmental’ patents. The analysis is conducted in two stages. First, a nonparametric frontier … Continue reading

Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces – A Feasibility Study

US Dept. of Energy http://1.usa.gov/1QVWoWA [From Press Release] While commercial building owners generally have control over building systems and operations, tenants play a critical role in achieving lasting reductions in energy intensity. In recognition of this collaborative role, the Department of Energy has studied the feasibility of improving energy efficiency in tenant spaces. This study finds significant … Continue reading

Lifting the High Energy Burdens in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low-Income and Underserved Communities

Energy Efficiency for All project | American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy / by Ariel Drehobl and Lauren Ross http://bit.ly/1U6Eve0 [Press Release] A review of 48 major U.S. metropolitan areas finds that low-income households devote up to three times as much income to energy costs as average households in the same city, and that energy efficiency … Continue reading

Increasing Residential Building Energy Efficiency In China: An Evaluation of Policy Instruments

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Xiaoqi Xu, Laura Diaz Anadon and Henry Lee http://bit.ly/1qpE4j9 Various policies targeting at building energy efficiency have been promulgated by the Chinese government in the past decade. However, few studies evaluate if China is on the right path to meet its energy goals through these policies by providing … Continue reading

On the Road Toward 2050: Potential for Substantial Reductions in Light-Duty Vehicle Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

MIT Energy Initiative http://mitei.mit.edu/publications/reports-studies/on-the-road-toward-2050 [Green Car Congress]  A new MIT Energy Initiative report spearheaded by John Heywood, Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at MIT, identifies three important paths forward reducing light-duty vehicle energy use and greenhouse gas emissions: improve the existing system and technologies for shorter-term benefits; conserve fuel by changing driver habits … Continue reading