American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: “Virginia could realize 100% of pollution reductions” Through Energy Efficiency Alone

I’ve been saying this for years, but it’s great to see the superb American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) chiming in to the Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Here are a few key points from their Regulatory Filing regarding Gov. McAuliffe’s EO-57, Development Of Carbon Reduction Strategies For Electric Power Generation Facilities. Here are a few key points by ACEEE, with my comments in parentheses and italics following. Note that all of these are total “no brainers,” but of course in Dominion-dominated-and-corrupted Virginia, they haven’t happened and probably won’t happen unless Dominion is confronted head-on by our political leadership.
  • “Energy efficiency is an important strategy to reduce emissions in the electric power sector. As it lowers electricity use, it avoids emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants. Energy efficiency can substantially reduce carbon pollution from the electricity sector in Virginia, often at lowest cost.” (That’s why energy efficiency was dubbed “negawatts” by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, as “the cheapest watt is the one that’s never created.”)

Read more (Blue Virginia)