What We Heard You Say…This Week’s Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Oct. 11, 2013
What do ‘Breaking Bad’ and energy efficiency appliance standards have in common?

Interesting quotes about energy efficiency we picked up this week.


Breaking good with appliance standards “Those of us who have been hopelessly glued to AMC’s Breaking Bad for the past five seasons, or have been binge watching the latest Netflix offering late into the night, will be happy to learn that the new televisions bringing us these shows are becoming more and more energy efficient. ” Anthony Fryer, Senior Analyst, Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), ACEEE blog

Best Trend

  • Economic value of energy efficiency “Total U.S. energy use is trending down and has dropped 6 percent from its 2007 peak – and the total last year was lower than for 1999 (although the economy grew by 25 percent from 1999-2012, adjusted for inflation). This means our factories and businesses are producing substantially more products and value with less energy.”  Ralph Cavanagh, senior attorney and co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council energy program

Biggest Threat to Best Trend

  • What’s behind Ohio’s SB 58 “This year there has been a significant push across the country by conservatives, many of them aligned with ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). They have something called the Electricity Freedom Act, which is designed to rollback renewable portfolio standards and to a certain extent energy efficiency standards,” Donald Gilligan, president of the National Energy Association of Energy Service Companies

Most Curious

  • What is a kitchen-table economy? “Another Con Ed rate hike would be disastrous news for many New Yorker’s kitchen table economies; middle class families and older adults are already performing a delicate balancing act.” Beth Finkel, AARP state director, New York

Best Headline

  • We wish we had written this “Energy Efficiency is Growing Faster than Kudzu.”  Martin Kushler, senior fellow at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

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Elisa Wood | Editor-in-Chief

Elisa Wood is the editor and founder of EnergyChangemakers.com. She is co-founder and former editor of Microgrid Knowledge.