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.

The much-hyped utility death spiral may be just that – much hyped. Still, the patient better make some changes to keep up good health. That’s the message in “The Future of the Utility Industry and the Role of Energy Efficiency,” Read more…


Energy efficiency advocates have argued for years that energy efficiency should be a first fuel – considered before others in portfolio planning.  Today, they appear victorious with the release of the US’ first-ever carbon dioxide restrictions for existing power plants. Read more…


It’s never a bad thing to have the leader of the free world in your corner. And President Barrack Obama made clear again last week that he’s with energy efficiency. At a Walmart in Silicon Valley, Obama laid out his Read more…


If you’d like to develop a microgrid for your business, campus or community, but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. In the US, the race is on to build these mini-grids that can keep the power flowing when Read more…


It’s my home state so I’ll admit it, Virginia is no Massachusetts* when it comes to energy efficiency. The southeast state ranked a lowly 36 in the 2013 scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. But change is Read more…


Most people don’t realize it, but their relationship with electricity is odd. Ed White, vice president of customer & business strategy for National Grid US, summed it up in a recent interview by relating a vignette from a colleague with Read more…


Several corporate leaders have volunteered to reduce energy use 20 percent by 2020 as part of a challenge initiated by President Barack Obama. But that’s not the big deal. The big deal is that they have agreed to publicly disclose Read more…


Granny was thrown out of her wheelchair and off a cliff in one of the most controversial ads of the 2012 US presidential election. Whether you love or hate the clip, which went after Republicans on Medicare, it shows the Read more…


The US faces a bit of a math problem when it comes to making its buildings more energy efficient. If every energy auditor worked around the clock, it would take 22 years to analyze all buildings. And of course the Read more…


It says something that Ernest Moniz chose to deliver his first public talk as US energy secretary to an energy efficiency crowd. His appearance last week at EE Global in Washington, D.C. was a surprise of sorts. And the timing Read more…


It’s easy for those of us who ‘talk’ energy every day to forget that we operate in a bubble. Outside the bubble the average household is at best vaguely aware of the enormous technology revolution about to change the way Read more…


US Congresswoman Michele Bachmann often asks why government should tell us which kind of light bulb to choose. Turns out it’s a question with a trillion dollar answer. We will save $1.1 trillion through 2035 because of existing energy efficiency Read more…


I have to agree with the Tea Party; the US government should not choose the light bulbs I use in my home. And fortunately, it does not. Yet that’s the spin being pushed by those who want to roll back Read more…


It was hard to get excited about IBM’s Watson besting two humans in the TV game show Jeopardy and walking away with a $1 million prize last month. After all, thanks to the entertainment industry, we’ve seen robots and computers Read more…

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