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On Clean Energy Investment, USA is Falling Behind

image credit: Rebecca Price of the Alliance to save energy, in Washington
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CEO Birdseye Energy Consulting GmbH

I am on a quest to bring more Energy Managers into industry. Energy Efficiency is behind on Renewable Energy and that is because it is less exciting (is it?) and labour intensive (each situation...

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This title is what Rebecca Price writes in the blog of the Alliance to Save Energy in Whashington.

Rebecca strikes a good point by writing that little investments are made in clean energy innovation. Further below, she becomes more specific on my favourite blogging theme: “Energy efficiency is by far the largest clean energy workforce, and before the pandemic it was adding more new jobs than any other energy sector”. It is a pity that this is decreasing: on the website of environmentalscience there is a salary table for Energy Managers in all the States of the USA that are incentivising, to say the least. Why should it be worse for Energy Managers in other countries, if these professionals add so much value?

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For investors I would like to give the following message: Energy Efficiency gives not only a high ROI but also a high predictability. What do you, investor, want more?

See also my video blog of yesterday on Youtube "When you are in a hurry, better keep it simple!" for investing in capacity building for middle level Energy Managers. There are way too few of these persons in medium enterprises, that is way I prefer the 80/20 rule and choose for this video title.

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Matt Chester on Apr 1, 2021

“Energy efficiency is by far the largest clean energy workforce, and before the pandemic it was adding more new jobs than any other energy sector”.

An important point-- one of the areas where those implementing the product (energy efficiency programs) are earnestly trying to save the customer money and headaches, so it's no wonder the field is seeing such demand and success. 

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Norbert Vasen on Apr 1, 2021

Right, help the customer prosper and you will prosper yourself. And here is a third one to prosper: the future humans.

I hope to be able to contribute with my message of bringing more Energy Managers into society: the Yeast of the Energy Transition.

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Bob Meinetz on Apr 1, 2021

“Energy efficiency is by far the largest clean energy workforce, and before the pandemic it was adding more new jobs than any other energy sector”. 

I'm curious, Norbert: how much CO2 is emitted by the largest clean energy workforce, that's adding more new jobs than any other energy sector, as it works to lower CO2 emissions?

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Norbert Vasen on Apr 2, 2021

Hi Bob, if I understand well, you mean that this workforce has to consume energy in order to save it? It is a good question, the answer is the same as to the investor that has to spend a dollar to make two. I see (as the Economist in a special report in 2015) Energy Efficiency as the invisible fuel that must be exploited like the other kinds: natural gas, nuclear, and all the other kinds. They all have the same problem. Consume a bit to make it, with the hope to have a positive result.

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Bob Meinetz on Apr 3, 2021

Though I often hear efficiency compared to electricity, "negawatts", etc., it's always coming from someone who has more than enough electricity, and more than enough money to pay for it.

Tell someone who's starving we'd have more food if we all ate a little less. See what kind of response you get.

No - energy poverty is not the same problem as energy inefficiency.

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