Energy Efficiency

Press Releases
Conservation Law Foundation Statement on Massachusetts Department of Energy Low Demand Scenario Study
by Laurie O'Reilly

In a statement released today in response to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) “Low Demand Scenario” study, CLF’s Greg Cunningham expressed the organization’s disappointment with the study’s scope and conclusions. Cunningham’s statement was based on preliminary findings released by DOER last week. The final study will be published next week.

Mapping the Road to a Low-Carbon Future for the Northeast
by Liz Carver

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” –Radio legend Earl Nightingale (1921-1989) How do we, efficiently and effectively, complete the transition from an energy system rooted in fossil-fuel generation to a much-needed clean energy system for our region? As participants in last week’s Lessons…

Natural Gas Alone is Not a Bridge
by Ari Rockland-Miller

A recent study published in Nature confirms that natural gas alone is not a bridge to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  The study finds that, “in the absence of new climate policies, increased supplies of natural gas may have little effect on CO2 emissions and could actually delay decarbonization of the global energy system.” An abundant supply…

The Future of Energy Efficiency
by Sandy Levine

Energy efficiency continues to be our cleanest and lowest cost energy resource. But efficiency doesn’t just happen. At five community forums in Vermont over the next two weeks, folks can come for dinner and conversation and help guide Vermont’s efficiency efforts. The forums are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will be from 6…

3 Things No One is Telling You About Rising Energy Costs
by Shanna Cleveland

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s first White House chief of staff, was once quoted as saying “You never want to let a serious crisis go to waste,” referring to the opportunities to pass sweeping bills in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Over the past weeks, we’ve seen that sentiment put into practice by some…

You are a Movie Star
by Sandy Levine

Really. You are. Your big break awaits. This is a contest for you. Take out your cell phone. Create a very short video. Inspire viewers to take action to “Button Up” and lower their heating costs and help tackle climate change. The competition runs September 2 to October 19. There is no entry fee. Prizes…

Setting the Table for Clean Energy Progress in the Granite State
by Christophe Courchesne

Without much fanfare, New Hampshire lawmakers took important steps in 2014 toward clean energy progress. This spring, the legislature completed what is arguably the most successful session for energy issues in many years with a series of significant bills each addressing different parts of the clean energy puzzle: a pathway to ending the state’s inexcusable…

Stronger Energy Efficiency Policy Moves Forward in Concord
by Jeff Fromuth

Today, our cleanest and cheapest energy resource—energy efficiency—got a big boost in the Granite State. The New Hampshire House and Senate voted to send two important energy efficiency bills, profiled on this blog last month, to Governor Hassan’s desk for final approval. The passage of House Bills 532 and 1129 signals a greater focus on…