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This landmark work lauds the benefits of decreased energy consumption, investigating its relationship to public policy and analyzing its potential billion-dollar benefits to the U.S. economy.
U.S. consumers tend to use energy indiscriminately—something they may no longer be able to do with impunity. This game-changing book asserts that reducing energy consumption should be a frontline strategy to address global climate change, threats to energy security, and the challenge of grid reliability. The book supports two bold arguments: that policies motivating greater investment in high energy efficiency should be a priority, and that energy efficiency can help the nation in times of crisis.
To make their case for the necessity of prioritizing demand reduction, the authors examine the policies and markets operating in a number of leading cities, states, and nations across the globe to uncover the keys to their success. These examples show how demand-side strategies can significantly reduce pollution, cut costs, and make the electric grid more resilient. The authors explain why these technologies are not widely adopted and assess the potential savings they can produce. The book will be an eye-opener for policymakers, energy professionals, and the public as it demonstrates how cost-effective demand reduction policies can improve air quality, strengthen electricity markets, and generate jobs.
- Addresses broad questions concerning electricity systems and the economy
- Documents innovative, energy-efficiency technologies, practices, and policies
- Estimates the achievable cost-effectiveness and economic impact of energy efficiency in the United States
- Illustrates a range of promising strategies for expanding green savings
- Argues for more market intelligence, monitoring, and evaluation so that energy, economic, and climate goals are met
- Showcases the policy environments that have enabled energy efficiency to thrive in leading cities, states, and countries around the world
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Energy Resources, Technology, and Policy
Energy and the environment are two of the most critical topics of the 21st century. This series takes a global approach to presenting the ideas of energy experts and environmental supporters, giving readers the perspective to understand how the realities of energy production, new technology, policymaking, and user behavior all play critical roles in determining the best plan of action to overcome the global energy crisis.
Energy Resources, Technology, and Policy offers global perspectives on contemporary energy sources, the related technologies, and international policy responses to issues regarding energy. The titles in this series explore topics in three categories: energy reserves, fuels, resources, and reserve-to-production ratios; technologies, innovation, and current research and development; and policymaking, behavioral change, and the interactions between society and the energy sector.
Beyond providing detailed information about the progress that has been made in developing safe, renewable forms of energy, this series portrays the fragile balance between energy development and environmental protection as it illustrates how energy developers and environmental advocates are moving towards reaching sustainable resolutions. These books will serve a broad audience that includes educated lay readers, professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty in fields such as engineering, public affairs, global studies, ecology, geography, environmental studies, and marine science.
- Supplying original perspectives from experts around the world, the series offers unbiased information on sensitive issues that often receive a one-sided approach in mass media
- Books in the series supply the in-depth study and evaluation these complex, current topics deserve, giving readers a comprehension about the subject far beyond what is possible from media reportage
- Each title serves to enrich readers' understanding of the benefits as well as the inherent dangers and costs of energy production against the backdrop of environmental factors and concerns
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"Green Savings combines the theories, data, and policy analysis needed to understand energy efficiency. The case studies offer practical insights for entrepreneurs as well as policymakers at a range of scales on how to promote energy efficiency."
"A very useful book. Green Savings provides a thorough inquiry into energy efficiency, from market to policy, from technologies to productivity, from past performance to further potential, and from American states to global leaders. Its section responding to the views of skeptics is particularly strong."
"A comprehensive and in-depth analysis of energy efficiency policies with intriguing state and country case studies. Considering energy efficiency as an important resource, Green Savings provides the insights and fundamentals you'll need as utility planners, city and state energy officers, and national leaders."
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