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Greater Energy Efficiency Could Drop U.S. Electric Demand By One-Third

A recent report by the Rocky Mountain Institute states that the U.S. electricity demand could drop by 34 percent if the most inefficient states caught up with the most efficient ones.

Much of what we cover here at EcoGeek has to do with efficiency improvements because reducing energy use really seems to http://vizuka.com/cheap-levitra-india be the ultimate goal, but it's interesting to see just how much energy could be saved by upping efficiency. The report concludes that if the 40 under-performing states made improvements that put them on www.aco.ca par with the 10 most efficient, 1.2 million gigawatt-hours would be saved every year. This amounts to 62% of the country's coal-fired electric power.

States like California and wow it's great 5mg cialis New York were recognized as the lowest prices viagra most efficient with almost twice the GDP per kWh than the national average. While that presents a large gap, the report argues that the necessary efficiency improvements will be fairly easy and could be made by 2020.

The institute plans to release two more reports over the next few months detailing how states and utilities can close the efficiency gap, including policy changes and practical implementation. If you'd like to read the full report titled Assessing the Electric Productivity Gap and the http://www.umlauf.de/viagrabest-viagra US Efficiency Opportunity, click here (PDF).

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written by Corban, February 19, 2009
This is comparing apples to oranges. If you superimposed an overlay of cheapest generic viagra service industries with the efficiency map, you'll notice much overlap. It's no secret that thinking only requires 25 Watts for your brain, whereas forging steel or harvesting wheat requires much more.

I don't doubt that part of California's rank is due to i recommend levitra online no prescription the higher cost of power. However, until we can disaggregate the score, we won't be able to tell who's just a slacker, and who's just dealing in heavy industries.
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written by Eric, February 19, 2009
I'm sure a big part of the gap in efficiency comes from the fact that states like California and New York have much of their population clustered in areas like Southern/Northern California and New York City. Other state that have their populations spread out probably lose a lot of energy just shuffling it around. The less power you have to transport the more efficient your use of it will be.
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written by Bob Wallace, February 19, 2009
Sorry Charlies,

We here in CA make stuff just like other places. And just like other parts of the country we're spread around.


The difference is, long ago we made it attractive (financially) for utility companies to work at conservation.

Take a look at how we did it and get modernized. Wasting energy is saltlakewebcentral.com so last century....




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written by Joseph, February 19, 2009
The entire country doesn't even have 1.2 million gigawatts of it's great! where to find cialis generating capacity. It has between 800-900 gigawatts of power generation in place. Possibly you meant gigawatt hours?

Please study energy terminology prior to writing an article on the subject.
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written by Carl, February 19, 2009
Yes, the main difference is in letting utilities profit from energy efficiency instead of inefficiency. The knee in the graph of CA electric demand over time halting growth for the www.calamusdesign.it last 25 years coincides exactly with the change in law allowing utilities to profit from conservation.

Even California has huge opportunities still available to cut demand and shift use to www.unifem.it off-peak. Electronics is in general horribly wasteful of power because there are no labeling requirements, so buyers can't choose better/cheaper products.

When there is cheap coal electricity, people use electric heat and best price for propecia online hot water. Micropower, cogeneration, and waste heat energy recovery are future alternatives. Use a fuel cell to sell electricity to the grid, and the waste heat to heat water as needed, for example.

Negawatts (as RMI says) is the fastest cheapest power available-- far better than nuclear, solar, wind, or even coal.
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written by EV, February 19, 2009
Interesting. I'm curious if they considered the source of that 'GDP'. Financial institutions (of which New York has/had many) are obviously more efficient in GDP/kwh than industrial institutions, such as steel mills. Perhaps using just GDP/kwh is a bit misleading?

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