Expert Panel “The Utility of the Future in U.S. and China” on Nov. 9

Business as usual among utilities in the U.S. and China? Not. U.S. utilities are grappling with the federal Clean Power Plan. In China, the national government is pressing utilities there for major power sector reform. Utilities in both countries face major changes in policy, regulations and technology. What can we learn from each other to improve utilities for the future? What are the opportunities and challenges? What’s the role of energy efficiency in the utilities’ changing world?

Please join us Wednesday, November 9 for a unique opportunity to hear a special panel of leading experts illuminate these crucial topics. If you can’t make in person, the event also will be streamed live—audio only—as a webinar. The panel is 10 a.m. to noon in San Francisco. Click here to buy tickets to attend in person or via webinar. Early bird special until November 4. Then prices go up. Save ten bucks,  buy now!

Here’s our fantastic line up of panelists. We’ve aligned the stars to make this happen. Really.

  • Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program & Senior Attorney, NRDC. Moderator
  • Jan Berman, Senior Director, Energy Efficiency Strategy, PG&E
  • Joe Kruger, Visiting Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Fritz Kahrl, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Kate Gordon, Vice Chair, Paulson Institute
  • Ella Zhou, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Here’s more info on our panelists and the event. And, again, tickets are available here.

Hope you can join us for this fascinating discussion.

Energy Efficiency Is Growing Despite Lower Prices, Says New IEA Report

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its annual Energy Efficiency Market Report last week. This year’s report identifies energy efficiency as a critical “fuel” in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The report demonstrates the central role of government policy in driving energy efficiency. Strengthening these policies will be critical to boosting the potential gains from energy efficiency.

The report highlighted some exciting news:  efficiency gains in the IEA’s member countries were large enough to power Japan in 2015 making efficiency a critical component of a secure, sustainable energy system. The report noted that one country in particular, China, showed significant progress, where energy intensity improved by 5.6 per cent. IEA Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol, said, “That was up from an annual rate of 3.1 per cent over the previous decade, according to the report. China’s progress in energy efficiency is making its mark on global energy markets. Primary energy demand in China grew by just 0.9 per cent in 2015, its lowest rate since 1997, while the economy grew by 6.9 per cent.”

“Energy efficiency is the one energy resource that all countries possess in abundance. I welcome the improvement in global energy efficiency, particularly at a time of lower energy prices. This is a sign that many governments push the energy efficiency policies, and it works,” Dr. Birol said.

::Read more and access IEA report here::

Energy efficiency on track to become number one resource in the U.S. by 2030

According to a report released last month by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency is found to be the 3rd largest resource in the U.S. power sector.  The China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance is thrilled about this news. For over 11 years, the Alliance has been combating global climate change by promoting efficiency as the cleanest and least expensive energy resource  in China and the United States.

The ACEEE report estimates that energy efficiency only lags behind coal and natural gas. Additionally, it’s important to note that, “energy efficiency has eliminated the need for 313 new power plants since 1990 and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 490 million tons last year.”

::Read more here:: 



A push to cut energy in China’s data centers

Big potential for energy efficiency technology to be deploying in China’s data center market. “China’s 1.37 billion people, many of them fully connected to the internet, use an enormous amount of energy as they email, search the Web, or stream video. Indeed, the Chinese government estimates that the country’s data centers alone consume more electricity than all of Hungary and Greece combined.”

::Read more here::

U.S. Ranks Behind China in Energy Efficiency

Based on a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), among twenty-three nations that consume 75% of the world’s energy and generate more than 80% of global gross domestic product, Germany ranks at the top for energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan, tied for second place. The United States ranks eighth, tied with South Korea, behind France, the United Kingdom, China and Spain.

The ACEEE report concluded:

Our results indicate that there are substantial opportunities for improvement in all the economies evaluated in this report. The average score was just 51 points. Low-scoring developing countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Thailand, and Mexico have great potential to build energy efficiency into their continued economic growth by implementing policies in their industrial, buildings, and transportation sectors. Their more developed counterparts could lead by example and implement ambitious policies that will further reduce energy consumption.

::Read more and access the report here::