A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examines the energy use reduction of household conservation measures. National implementation could save an estimated 123 million metric tons of carbon per year in year 10, which is 20% of household direct emissions or 7.4% of U.S. national emissions, with little or no reduction in household well-being.
As the nation attempts to regroup after failure by Congress to pass climate legislation, other ideas are gaining momentum, such as relying on increased investment in clean energy. However, this alternative is only a second-best option to a global price on carbon.
The United States Military, among other departments, is planning major reductions in fossil fuel use, partially as a security measure. Read about it here.
The new solar financing program formerly known as California First has been reprogrammed and will soon roll out as Energy Upgrade California. After Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac showed strong opposition to financing upgrades on a customer’s property tax, a new model has emerged that will offer very similar benefits to participants, promising to incentivize energy efficiency upgrades in the commercial and residential sectors. Read here for more information.