Author: Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is an editor at EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com. She has been writing about energy for more than two decades for top industry publications. Her work has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.

We do not live in a simple world. The US economy, especially, often gets to where it wants to go only by way of rules of the road so complicated that few businesses can operate without attorneys as chauffeurs. So Read more…


Riddle: What’s as big as the amount of energy used by the European Union…and getting even bigger? The answer is the amount of energy we’re not using. Or more specifically,  it is the energy saved in 2011 by the US Read more…


Let’s face it. When it comes to energy efficiency, the South seems stuck in its rocking chair on the front porch watching the Northeast and West walk by with all the savings. Time and again, southern states rank among the Read more…


The solar and energy efficiency industries often are seen as brethren in the clean energy cause. But in truth, they are competitors. Energy efficiency undercuts solar profits. The more efficient a home or building, the fewer solar panels it needs. Read more…


Energy efficiency is a good thing because it cuts back on energy use and reduces our utility bills, right? True, but we limit its possibilities when we think about energy efficiency only that way. That’s the over-riding message from “Capturing the Read more…


A friend recently asked me how she can stop doing business with her electric utility as an act of protest. The utility is building a major gas transmission line that will run through pristine land. She wanted to make a Read more…


NRG Energy and Green Mountain Power have teamed up to remake the Vermont grid with microgrids, distributed energy, and products to help consumers manage energy. The companies intend to replace a “creaky old grid infrastructure from the 20th century” with Read more…


Solar is experiencing over-the-top popularity among US homeowners; energy efficiency not so much. But what if state programs made solar a subset of energy efficiency? That’s the recommendation of an intriguing paper released August 19 by the Center for Sustainable Energy. Read more…


Once upon a time when a big power plant retired, it was replaced by one as big or bigger. But not anymore. Energy efficiency is increasingly reducing the need for more power. And when it is needed, distributed generation may Read more…


A new international energy efficiency ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy places the United States at a lowly 13 out of 16 leading world economies. There are many reasons to bemoan the finding. The US is throwing Read more…


Ok, no surprise to see Washington, D.C. or San Francisco ranked high in a list of the cities with America’s greenest buildings. But Atlanta? Georgia’s capital was the only southern state to make the top ten in the 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Read more…


Take heart smaller energy efficiency companies. Good times are coming. That was the positive message from Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, as his company recently rolled out news of $90 million in financing being offered to 10 US companies Read more…


What would you say if you had five minutes alone with Obama on energy?  EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com asked Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, in the first article of this occasional series.  What energy idea would you discuss with Obama if Read more…


Electric utilities are survivors. Their doom has been predicted many times over the last few decades as their industry restructured, competitors arrived and new technologies emerged. Rather than die, utilities morph. We’ve entered yet another period of utility disruption. This Read more…

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