Energy efficiency is significantly cheaper than producing electricity with new power plants (see chart) and offers additional economic and environmental benefits.
This chart shows near-term energy efficiency potential in the Southeast, compared to DOE projections for electricity consumption through 2015.
Nuclear power plants withdraw and consume the largest amounts of water, followed by power plants that use fossil fuels (coal or oil), biomass, or waste.
Nearly 40 billion gallons are withdrawn each day from Southeast freshwater supplies for thermoelectric power plants--about 65 percent of all withdrawals.
Emergency spending for developing countries provides an opportunity to deliver green investments.
The Investment Potential of Energy Service Companies in India
The purpose of this study is to provide a better understanding of the potential of India’s Energy Service Company (ESCO) industry in order for financial investors to make better-informed investment decisions.
In India, Energy Service Companies and local governments are teaming up to increase energy efficiency and save money.
Although there has been some improvement in the past few years, it is difficult to identify a trend towards systematic incorporation of climate change issues into MDBs’ activities.
Forthcoming WRI research hopes to help overcome barriers in India's burgeoning ESCO market.