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Posts from June 2016

‘Home Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards’ Hearing: Some Reflections (Part II)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- June 30, 2016

“No more thousand-page ‘Technical Resource Documents’; those are too heavy to lift, let alone read. No more ‘too big and too expensive to analyze’ proprietary models and data bases that take a team of computer scientists to maintain and operate. No more ‘too big to sue’ tactics of intimidation of anyone who dares to challenge DOE’s ‘energy efficiency’ hegemony.”

Part I yesterday summarized the June 10th hearing from the major presenters. Part II today presents the highlights of the remaining assorted written comments where they provide additional insights not specifically covered above:

  1. Joint comments by the National Multifamily Housing Council, National Apartment Association and National Leased Housing Association

These comments focused on DOE’s shortcomings in its ongoing efforts to ban non-condensing furnaces.  The following excerpt nails it.

“It is not possible, let alone cost-effective, to install a highly efficient condensing furnace.

‘Home Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards’ Hearing: Some Reflections (Part I)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- June 29, 2016

“Over the years, there have been numerous iterations of more stringent minimum efficiency mandates for the most important appliances. Thus, the most economical ‘low hanging fruit’ has generally been picked clean with diminishing returns from continued picking.”

“Under the Obama Administration, DOE’s appliance energy efficiency oversight has been expanded far more than previous Administrations, from 15 appliance product categories to 60 product categories.”

Earlier this month, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power held the above-named hearing. In all, it was much better than the usual lopsided infomercial under the guise of a hearing.  There was not time for all “stakeholders” to speak, but anyone could submit written testimony.

These were the witnesses:

  • Joseph M. McGuire, President and CEO, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers;
  • Kevin J.

Georgia Power Demand-side Management: Just Say No (testimony before the GPSC)

By Jim Clarkson -- June 28, 2016

“Demand-side management is authoritarian, tyrannical, and has no place in a free society. It’s time we stopped the trend of having more and more of our lives coming under the control of politicians….”

“The original notion behind DSM was that it is cheaper to save energy than to produce it. That’s true if consumers take their own actions, but not with high-overhead, high-profit utility-run plans.”

“The right thing to do is to make all Demand Side Management programs completely voluntary or abolish them outright.”


In the Matter of:  Georgia Power Company’s Request for Approval  (Docket Nos. 40161 & 40162 of its 2016 IRP and Decertification of Certain Generating Units)

Brief of Resource Supply Management

Georgia Power’s Demand-side Management [DSM] for commercial customers is a huge rip-off, accomplishing little or nothing beyond energy efficiency improvements that happen anyway.

A Populist Revolt Against Wind? It’s Happening!

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#llinowes">Lisa Linowes</a> -- June 27, 2016

The Philosophical Argument for Market Energy: Conversation with Alex Epstein

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 25, 2016

Questioning “The Secret Dirty War to Stop Solar Power”

By James Rust -- June 23, 2016

Environmental Conflict Goes Nuclear (civil war erupts over CO2 reduction strategy)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 22, 2016

Trump & California’s Farm Water Vote

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#w_lusvardi">Wayne Lusvardi</a> -- June 21, 2016

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 20, 2016

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- June 20, 2016

Mark Krebs: Digging Down on Energy Efficiency Claims (an interview)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 16, 2016