How America Can Double Its Energy Productivity

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How America Can Double Its Energy Productivity

Going beyond an “all of the above” energy strategy to double America’s energy productivity
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:00am


In last year’s State of the Union address, President Obama made a bold commitment to doubling the nation’s energy productivity. Following up on this commitment, a group of experts recently published a report, “Powering Forward,” and in it 100 industry experts provided 200 specific recommendations to meet the energy productivity commitment, even in the face of congressional inaction. While the report makes some good points, there is a critical element missing from it—one that can change the way policy makers and business leaders alike think about energy.

So what is the problem?

The problem is that when it comes to the implementation of 200 recommendations, we still have to prioritize some over others, deciding which initiatives will have the most payback. They each have different energy productivity’ returns and this information is important when choosing which projects to dedicate funds. Analysis that is based on data and quantifiable fact is imperative.

Likewise, with Obama’s much discussed “all of the above” energy strategy, how do we decide in which initiatives to invest? Whether domestic fossil fuel development or green energy, we need analysis that levels the playing field across all energy sources—that analysis should be based on energy productivity. But, how can we quantify energy productivity to determine the best policies and business practices?

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About the Author

Ory Zik, CEO @oryzik
Ory holds a Ph.D. in physics and founded and led a few companies (QuantomiX, HelioFocus). A longtime proponent and creator of clean technologies, he founded Energy Points when he realized the world needed a better, more accurate way to evaluate and understand energy use.


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