California Gets a Boost for Energy and Water Efficiency

California Gets a Boost for Energy and Water Efficiency

by RP Siegel
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#CaliforniaFirst program makes #energy efficient upgrades attainable for homeowners in 17 CA counties- via @Justmeans

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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:00pm



Energy efficiency is on the rise again. After declining in the nineties, investment is back up for a number of reasons. According to ACEEE, investment hit a peak in 1992 of around $2 billion, then dropped to $1 billion in 1999, before picking up again to the point where in 2013, combined spending in gas and electric efficiency programs exceeded $7 billion.

Chris Hummel, CMO of Schneider Electric, recently wrote of the resurgence in The Guardian. He attributes increased awareness, improved technology, widespread availability of products and services, and improved business models as the reasons behind the movement.

Of the latter, he notes that PACE programs, Property-Assessed Clean Energy financing, had run into problems recently, when it was determined that the loans could not be sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because they created liens against the properties.

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