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Posted: 23 Aug 2009 05:47 AM PDT
Why will meeting near-term U.S. greenhouse gas targets be so damn cheap and easy? Because we live in The United States of Waste. The U.S. economy is incredibly energy inefficient, a key reason even strong climate action has such a low total cost — one tenth of a penny on the dollar. Indeed, as McKinsey recently showed, the U.S. can meet entire 2020 emissions target with efficiency and cogeneration while lowering the nation's energy bill $700 billion!
As but one more example, the NYT has a little story today that shows even the Department of Energy, like pretty much every major company I have ever worked with on greenhouse gas reduction, fails to take advantage of even the most cost-effective energy strategies:
Seems obvious. The larger point is that even at an organization devoted to energy, there is very little institutional effort behind achieving savings or reducing waste — something I found out myself when I was there in the 1990s (see "Energy efficiency, the low hanging fruit that grows back").
This story has many fascinating nuggets in it:
This, of course, is precisely why major organizations should have a serious program to regularly check that equipment is working properly and being operated optimally (see "Building Commissioning: The Stealth Energy Efficiency Strategy").
The climate and clean energy bill has a remarkable number of pieces aimed at overcoming these market failures and capturing the enormous efficiency opportunity (see "The triumph of energy efficiency: Waxman-Markey could save $3,900 per household and create 650,000 jobs by 2030"). If we are smart enough to pass it, the country will drive some $40 billion a year in private sector investment in energy efficiency (see "The only way to win the clean energy race is to pass the clean energy bill").
Posted: 23 Aug 2009 05:20 AM PDT
A good story from NPR's Marketplace (audio here, text below).
Posted: 22 Aug 2009 03:32 PM PDT
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