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Energy efficiency could transform the South

By Juliet Eilperin

Would a slew of efficiency measures put the South on a radically different energy path? According to a new study by Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the answer is yes.

The Georgia Tech-Duke analysis, released Monday, says "aggressive energy-efficiency initiatives" could keep energy
consumption in the South's residential, commercial and industrial facilities "from growing over the next twenty years." That could lead to the retirement of 25 gigawatts of older power plants, and render unnecessary the construction of 49 gigawatts of new power plants.

The study also estimates that such measures would generate $2.25 in jobs and economic activity for every $1 spent on making residential, commercial and industrial facilities more energy efficient.

Backers of retrofitting programs, including Conservation Services Group chief executive Stephen L. Cowell, see the study as another argument for speeding along Home Star legislation, which would offer incentives to homeowners for making their properties' more energy efficient.

"Passing Home Star legislation will help many areas of the country jump start energy efficiency efforts, particularly in places that haven't traditionally embraced energy efficiency - yet," Cowell said. "Home Star will help overcome any market barriers to energy efficiency -- in the South, North, East, and West."

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Juliet Eilperin

 |  April 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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They say if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. I would quite literally give my eye teeth if such energy efficiency measures could come true, in the American South and elsewhere.
Homo sap is so good at devising new technology. Why is it so difficult to get existing technology to function at top efficiency?

Posted by: mdt44 | April 15, 2010 5:10 PM
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