China and the U.S. are responsible for 35 per cent of global carbon emissions but could do their part to keep climate change to less than two degrees by adopting best energy efficiency standards.
Efficiency Nova Scotia could drop some of its dubious stuff, like changing light bulbs, in exchange for filling the efficiency void, and guiding people to do it themselves.
Energy Minister Andrew Younger is launching a year-long review of Nova Scotia's electricity system. Younger has already made clear his obsession with cutting power rates, not reducing energy demand.
Using less, or emphasizing those energy forms that conserve by nature -- solar, small wind and, in context, natural gas straight to the home instead of in power plants -- is not part of the big talk.
Officially, we're trying desperately to get off dirty coal and imported oil. Here's one way to do it, but we can't talk about it. Why?
I am writing as an economist and lead investigator for the Climate Justice Project of the CCPA, but also personally as a past recipient of subsidies from the LiveSmartBC Energy Incentive Program.
The use of biogas as a fuel in Sweden suggests that there is a replacement for fuel oil that is derived from wastes buried by ecological processes of decomposition and storage.
One of the speakers at a talk on dematerialization told "the parable of the Prius" to illustrate Jevon's paradox that efficiency gains do not necessarily reduce energy consumption.
This summer I put our household through an energy efficiency retrofit. I was working on a paper on energy efficiency, and then the B.C. and federal governments announced funding for retrofit programs.
A notice in my mailbox last week told me that smart meters are going to be installed in my neighbourhood. As an economist, I'm interested in costs and benefits of the program.