We’ve gathered some of the latest industry news for you. As the end of August approaches, let’s take a look at what is happening in the world of energy efficiency.
A new report from J.D. Power shows that customers’ satisfaction with their utility remains low. But, according to the survey, utility satisfaction rose for the fourth year in a row. Two keys to improving customer service, writes Robert Walton, are communication and customer education. Utility Dive.
Corporate investment in energy efficiency has reached an all-time high. The rising investments, according to Joe Romm, represent “an unprecedented achievement in modern U.S. history.” Even better, the large majority of companies plan to continue increasing investments in clean energy technologies like efficiency and renewables. ThinkProgress.
The 2016 Summer Olympics just came to a close. In the Games’ opening ceremony, host city Rio de Janeiro and the ceremony’s co-directors chose to highlight the problem of global climate change. As Brady Dennis explains, the stark message was fitting because Brazil – with its massive expanses of rainforest, poor water quality, and recent Zika outbreak – has become a barometer for the causes and effects of climate change at a local and national level. Washington Post.
The climate message from the opening ceremony also had its detractors. Critics argued it was hypocritical for a nation troubled by deforestation, corruption, and dangerous water pollution to preach stewardship and sustainability. They weren’t wrong. James Armour Young outlines how Olympics organizers struggled to meet the ambitious environmental commitments they made back in 2009. Vice News.