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Subtopic: Energy efficiency 21 items found
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Policy Insights for Narrowing the Energy Efficiency Gap
A new RFF discussion paper explores the “energy efficiency gap” and what it means for policy by bringing in the latest insights from behavioral economics.
US Energy Policy: A Changing Landscape
As Congress gears up to overhaul the tax code, RFF President Phil Sharp examines developments reshaping today’s energy markets and assesses whether federal incentives are cost-effectively achieving the intended results.
Borrowing to Save Energy: An Assessment of Energy-Efficiency Financing Programs
In a new report, RFF experts explain how markets for energy-efficiency financing work and examine various government and utility financing programs in the United States, identifying gaps in knowledge and information and recommending next steps.
Assessing the Energy Efficiency Information Gap
New research from RFF scholars highlights the role information plays in the adoption of energy efficiency technologies.
Energy Efficiency Policy: Surveying the Puzzles
Energy efficiency policies are favored by many to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, and reduce consumer costs. In a new RFF Discussion Paper, Senior Fellow Tim Brennan examines presumptions about such policies, noting that they often don’t hold true and are easily complicated.
Programs for Electricity Energy Efficiency: Are They Cost-Effective?
An updated study by RFF researchers takes a closer look at the cost-effectiveness of programs designed to reduce consumer electricity consumption.
Are Energy Efficiency Standards Economically Efficient?
With a portfolio of emissions reductions options available, pulling the proper policy lever can be tricky. New analysis suggests that energy efficiency standards don’t look that promising on economic grounds, either on their own or in combination with pricing instruments.
RFF Policy Leadership Forum: John Rowe
The Exelon CEO discussed recent trends affecting the relative cost-effectiveness of different strategies for reducing emissions from the power sector.
Applying Yesterday's Lessons to Tomorrow's Energy Policy
Weathervane: RFF President Phil Sharp testified yesterday before a Senate committe saying that the present energy landscape bears strong resemblance to that of the 1970's.
Climate Policy’s Uncertain Outcomes for Households
RFF researchers analyze allowance allocation provisions of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade legislation, finding significant cost uncertainty regarding emissions reductions and energy efficiency gains.
Combining Policies for Renewable Energy
Renewable energy proposals are gaining steam, but new research suggests that mix-and-match policymaking can short-circuit emissions reductions.
Event: The Role of Prizes in Innovation
Experts from research, government, and academia shared their views on science prizes and how they might contribute to solving environmental challenges. Video and audio available.
Climate Impacts on Energy Markets: An Outsider's Perspective
Planners in the public and private sectors need to be aware of not only the economic policy challenges facing energy markets, Senior Fellow Tim Brennan asserts, but also the climate policies with which they have to cope.
What We Know About the Role for Energy Efficiency Policy
A new RFF Discussion Paper summarizes what is known about the role for energy efficiency policy and identifies priorities for additional research.
Should Cap-and-Trade Systems be Supplemented with Renewable Portfolio Standards?
Christoph Böhringer and Knut Einar Rosendahl discuss how renewable portfolio standards affect the costs of emissions control programs, whether or not there is an economic justification for these policies, and, if implemented, how these policies should be designed.
Climate Change Abatement: Not "Stern" Enough?
In this week's commentary Dallas Burtraw and Thomas Sterner discuss whether moderate or aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gases is warranted on economic grounds.
Sixth Annual Hans Landsberg Lecture: Paul Joskow
The Sloan Foundation president describes recent changes in the structure of the U.S. electricity market and discusses how its reorganization could affect utilities and consumers as well as environmental policies, especially climate change.
Can We Green the Grid?
RFF researchers analyze the chicken-and-egg relationship between Renewable Portfolio Standards and federal transmission corridors to identify potential policy conflicts and opportunities for coordination.
Energy Independence: Fantasies, Facts, Options
Although energy independence has long been a political rallying cry, Senior Fellow Joel Darmstadter argues that independence from oil -- foreign or domestic -- is the more viable policy goal.
Energy and Population
Senior Fellow Joel Darmstadter discusses the relationship between energy consumption and population growth in a new Issue Brief. The interplay between the two is much more complex than commonly assumed.
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