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About the author: Dennis G. RobertsPresident of Energy Efficiency Done RightPresident of Advantage Window Systems IncorporatedConsultant to Gerson Lehrman Group andTGR Research for Energy...

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If you have not yet read the March 2021 report “ECONOMIC RECOVERY BEGINS AT HOME: Retrofitting US Housing Stock for Jobs, Health, Savings and the Climate” you are in for an exceptional, past due, hard look at a very important course correction for our country then our planet! This recent report by Bracken Hendricks,, Kara Saul Rinaldi, Mark Wolfe, Cassandra Lovejoy, and Wes Gobar clearly shows a far better path forward with huge benefits for our populace and our country. There are even positive covid 19 or other pandemic spread mitigation implication in this plan when compared to our current efforts.

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Governmental agencies and utility companies have put a heavy emphasis on renewable energy production for most of our recent years. But as energy professional have preached for many years, “Reduce Before You Produce” make much more sense. Minimize energy demand, then you can “Right Size” renewable energy production. As the ECONOMIC RECOVERY…report states “The buildings sector is responsible for about one-third of all US greenhouse gas emissions (EPA 2018). In 2019, the residential sector represented approximately 16 percent of total US end-use energy consumption (EIA 2019)  A full generational investment in energy efficiency for buildings must be a centerpiece of this larger economic and energy transformation.”

This report offers a concrete plan for federal policy to rebuild housing stock, promote health, lower costs for homeowners, advance toward 100 percent clean and carbon-free energy, and protect the global environment. Our country and our planet lost our focus and this plan can markedly improve our plan and direction in a big way. A special thanks is due for Roosevelt Institute and Evergreen  Collaborative in making this report available. Now it is up to us to course correct!

Report: https://www.evergreenaction.com/policy-hub/EconomicRecoveryBeginsatHome.pdf?akid=8056.1015.eXqyaE&rd=1&t=6

 

Dennis G. Roberts

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Matt Chester on Apr 12, 2021

Governmental agencies and utility companies have put a heavy emphasis on renewable energy production for most of our recent years. But as energy professional have preached for many years, “Reduce Before You Produce” make much more sense.

Would you say this mantra applies across the board, though? I think it's absolutely true in certain areas, but not ever 'actor' in the process has the same capacity to contribute to efficiency and clean generation. While a utility can and should emphasize to its customers efficiency, they have more impact to potentially make by building out renewable generation (or even incentivizing on-site generation and storage for its major customers), perhaps. 

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Dennis Roberts on Apr 13, 2021

Thank you for your comment. I do believe the mantra applies accross the board. We could do a much better job in America at every level of reducing energy demand. I am in Texas and one of the few people with a "cool roof". I also work to minimize infiltration. Renewables are very important but dollars spent first on sustainability have a better return.

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Audra Drazga on Apr 13, 2021

Dennis - love this quote 

“Reduce Before You Produce” make much more sense. Minimize energy demand, then you can “Right Size” renewable energy production.

Curious about the change in the work environment, with more people working at home due to the pandemic, do you think the %s of buildings vs residential may change?  I have heard many companies are shifting to going remote permanently or have some model of a remote workforce. 

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Dennis Roberts on Apr 13, 2021

Thank you for your comment. I am confident remote workforces will grow as will the importance of maximizing demand reduction in all stuctures.

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Rami Reshef on Apr 16, 2021

Very interesting post Dennis, thanks!  Could you comment what the report recommends vis-a-vis community solar, microgrids, islanding and other distributed energy solutions? No question that energy efficiency is a crucial first step to any smart energy program, residential or commercial. But if we want renewable energy to reduce pollution for all communities, not only high-end private residential communities, we might need to adapt the policies to ensure these priorities as well.  

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Dennis Roberts on Apr 22, 2021

Thank you for your thoughts. You are correct distributed energy solutions are an important part of planning to meet individual country and collective carbon emission reduction goals. We can do a better job on sustainability and renewable energy planning and implimentation.

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