How much does it matter if energy efficiency programs like ENERGY STAR or appliance energy standards save electricity generated by renewable resources like wind and solar, rather than from fossil fuel power plants? Certainly from the perspective of reducing carbon pollution, there’s a strong case that saving renewable electricity is not as valuable as saving … Read more

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) hosted a well-attended Capitol Hill briefing this week on the Community Storage Initiative, aimed at making tomorrow’s electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. I had the pleasure of participating, representing both NRDC and the Community Storage Initiative (CSI), where I serve on the advisory council. Energy storage holds enormous prospect for a … Read more

Electric utilities and technology developers at the cutting edge of renewable energy generation and energy storage met at a White House-hosted “Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets” this week to exchange ideas and explore how to rapidly scale these technologies to make tomorrow’s electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. I had the pleasure of … Read more

Electric utilities and technology developers at the cutting edge of renewable energy generation and energy storage met at a White House-hosted “Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets” this week to exchange ideas and explore how to rapidly scale these technologies to make tomorrow’s electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. I had the pleasure of … Read more

For those of us working toward smarter, cleaner, cheaper water heating for households, there’s a lot happening in Washington, D.C. With about 15 percent of U.S. household energy use going to heat the water we use to wash dishes and take showers, even small improvements make a big difference. First, new energy efficiency standards for water heaters … Read more

I had the pleasure of testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce —  Subcommittee on Energy and Power last week. The topic was proposed legislation to grant “grid-enabled water heaters” a carefully designed exemption from the strong and important federal energy efficiency standards for water heaters that take effect next … Read more