Follow The Money in Clean Energy To Energy Efficiency

Oct. 4, 2013
If you follow the money in clean energy, your first stop will be energy efficiency, says author Craig Shields.


If you follow the money in clean energy, the first place you’ll stop is energy efficiency, says Craig Shields, author of “Renewable Energy: Following The Money.” The editor of says, “If you want to put people back to work, energy efficiency is the place to start.” His book, based on interviews with economists, philosophers and scientists, says the trajectory for long-term, high-paying jobs is energy efficiency. However, a number of challenges stand in the way, chief among them federal policy-making, he says in an interview with Lisa Cohn of

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About the Author

Lisa Cohn | Contributing Editor

I focus on the West Coast and Midwest. Email me at [email protected]

I’ve been writing about energy for more than 20 years, and my stories have appeared in EnergyBiz, SNL Financial, Mother Earth News, Natural Home Magazine, Horizon Air Magazine, Oregon Business, Open Spaces, the Portland Tribune, The Oregonian, Renewable Energy World, Windpower Monthly and other publications. I’m also a former stringer for the Platts/McGraw-Hill energy publications. I began my career covering energy and environment for The Cape Cod Times, where Elisa Wood also was a reporter. I’ve received numerous writing awards from national, regional and local organizations, including Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Associated Oregon Industries, and the Voice of Youth Advocates. I first became interested in energy as a student at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, where I helped design and build a solar house.

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