Evidence for Action on Energy Efficiency

The E2e Project is a joint initiative of the Energy Institute at Haas at the University of California, Berkeley, the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

Evidence for Action on Energy Efficiency

“I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years…"

– President Obama, State of the Union Address, February 2013

Evidence for Action on Energy Efficiency

"Energy efficiency offers a vast, low-cost energy resource for the U.S. economy—but only if the nation can craft a comprehensive and innovative approach to unlock it."

- Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy, McKinsey & Co., 2009

Evidence for Action on Energy Efficiency

“Energy efficiency ….it’s going to be a focal point of my time as Secretary.”

– Ernie Moniz, Secretary of Energy

Evidence for Action on Energy Efficiency

"For the next few decades, energy efficiency is one of the lowest cost options for reducing US carbon emissions. Many studies have concluded that energy efficiency can save both energy and money."

- Steven Chu, Former Secretary of Energy

Why?

The E2e Mission

E2e’s mission is to solve one of the most perplexing energy puzzles of our time—the efficiency gap. Study after study has shown potential for huge savings and hefty cuts in carbon emissions from widespread adoption of energy efficient technologies. Yet these gains have failed to fully materialize. Scholars can’t say why. Theories abound. Solutions remain elusive.

Critical questions addressed by E2e include:

  • What are the most effective ways to encourage individuals and businesses to undertake energy efficiency investments?
  • What is the rate of return from alternative energy efficiency investments for individuals and businesses?
  • Which public sector energy-efficiency programs have the highest rate of return?

How?

The E2e Strategies

E2e unites top researchers in economics, engineering and other fields to close the energy efficiency gap using transparent and state-of-the-art analytical techniques.

In addition to conducting research, E2e communicates results to policymakers and the public to maximize impact. Infusing the creation of knowledge with a commitment to non-partisan outreach, E2e aims to create a cheaper and greener future.