Thursday, March 5, 2015

A new path forward for energy efficiency based on markets

How to overcome the limitations of top-down energy efficiency programs and to lay out a pathway toward a market where energy efficiency is treated as a tradable resource, spurring business model innovation and private investment? Energy efficiency needs a version of the net energy meter, where savings can be calculated, tracked and valued, and programs can give way to competitive scalable markets. The lack of such a meter is the Achilles heel of energy efficiency. However, with recent investments in smart meters and data standards, it is now possible to reliably track savings at a portfolio level in near-real time. Read more at www.greentechmedia.com