Columnists: Merrian Borgeson

Merrian Borgeson is a Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San Francisco, with the NRDC. She is an Oakland, California, native (and current resident).

Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Offers Lessons for Energy Efficiency

The Department of Energy’s detailed warts-and-all evaluation of its $500 million stimulus-funded Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) — an innovative initiative to explore the potential for new marketing strategies and program designs to encourage building energy upgrades that result in significant energy savings and economic stimulus – shows that comprehensive efficiency programs can be successful if they   …Continue Reading

Cost of Energy Efficiency Is under Half the Cost of Building Coal Power Plants

After mining the results of energy efficiency programs representing every US region, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have reported the initial result that the average total cost of saved energy is only  4.4 cents per kilowatt hour. This means that smarter uses of energy can replace dirty coal at a fraction of the cost of building   …Continue Reading