Energy Efficiency: The first, and most profitable, way to delay Climate Change

Energy Efficiency: The first, and most profitable, way to delay Climate Change

An Oppenheim lecture by Arthur Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Member, California Energy Commission

Citing California as an example for the nation and the world, Dr. Rosenfeld will discuss past, present, and future potential for efficiency and renewable energy to save money and delay climate change. For the last 30 years California has kept its per capita electricity use constant despite an 80% growth in per capita income. By contrast, electricity use in the nation as a whole has grown by 50%. A portion of this difference can be attributed to California’s mild climate, but about one third to one half is the result of state energy conservation policies and electricity prices (also governed by the state). Despite higher electricity prices, Californians’ bills are lower by nearly $200 a year saving both money and energy.