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Why Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Redefined with Higher Renewables Penetration

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Energy efficiency is often touted as one of the most effective ways of lowering carbon output. However, if the energy provided comes from a low carbon source, then it would not make much sense to focus on reducing energy usage. Instead, energy efficiency programs must target cutting energy where supplies are pollutive, such as natural gas for stoves. This is Why Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Redefined with Higher Renewables Penetration. 

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Matt Chester on Aug 14, 2019 12:29 pm GMT

This is a really interesting point, Isaac, and you're right that I don't think it's brought up enough. If there are federal energy efficiency funds, for example, it should reasonbly be expected that they get diverted more to areas where the grid is more carbon intensive, but I'm not sure that's the case. Are you aware of any programs where this consideration is weighed notably?

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