Energy efficiency improvements are not instead of advancing energy supply; they complement it. With population and economic growth, including much-needed poverty reduction in developing countries, the world’s energy consumption will rise. The issue is by how much and at what cost to the environment and public health.
Energy efficiency’s goal isn’t absolute reduction in energy use. It is to use energy more productively and cleanly. Without efficiency improvements since the 1970s, the United States’ economy would need over 50 percent more energy to achieve current gross domestic product, with concomitant cost, energy security and environmental impacts.
More of the editorial written by Rodney Sorbin – director of research and regulatory affairs for the Alliance to Save Energy: