Evidence for Action on Energy Efficiency

The E2e Project is a joint initiative of the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

World class researchers tackling energy efficiency gap

E2e has built a community of top tier researchers pursuing the frontier of energy efficiency research.

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A helpful framework for understanding rebound

A policy brief on Severin Borenstein's study measuring the size of rebound and the net energy saved after an energy efficiency upgrade.

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Lowering low-income energy bills through education

E2e recently implemented a randomized control trial to measure the impact of education tools on residential energy bills.

Energy efficiency is a central component of climate and energy policies

“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

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Study Finds Costs of Residential Energy Efficiency Investments are Double the Benefits

Energy efficiency improvements are central components of several major energy policy initiatives globally and a core pillar of most long-term carbon abatement strategies. However, there is a gap between the uptake of efficiency measures and their perceived attractiveness based on projected costs and benefits.

To explore these issues, a research team from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a first-of-its-kind field test of one energy efficiency program: the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program. The analysis was based on a randomized controlled trial conducted with a sample of more than 30,000 households in the state of Michigan. Such experiments are considered the gold standard for evidence.

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In the News

07/16/15

U.S. Making Major Gains in Energy Efficiency

Meredith Fowlie in CBS News

07/16/15

Can Fuel-Economy Standards Save the Climate?

Koichiro Ito in The Economist

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