NRDC Expert Blog

Can Paying-For-Performance Increase Energy Savings?

What’s the best way to motivate people to cut the energy waste in their homes and businesses? Most energy efficiency programs offer rebates and incentives upfront to promote smarter energy use through things like highly efficient appliances and weatherization.

An Update on California’s Distributed Energy Leadership

My colleague, NRDC Fellow Dan Aas, is the primary author of this blog entry.

Slashing Emissions from Fossil Fuels Burned in Buildings

The “decarbonization” of America’s building is critical to reducing carbon emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, the amount scientists believe is necessary to avoid the w

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 (

California Prepares to Tap into a Wealth of Local Energy Resources

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) unanimously voted yesterday to tackle how to better integrate local energy resources like onsite solar generation and energy efficiency into the state's energy mix, with the bold

California Legislature Doubles Down on Energy Efficiency

Senate Bill 350 will double our current goals (yes, that is a 100% increase) for energy savings in California's homes, businesses, and factories - an ambitious but achievable target that will