Fuel for Thought – Lime Energy Links for November

We’ve gathered some of the latest industry news for you. With the shakeup in Washington at the top of everyone’s minds, this month we offer a look at several of November’s best articles on the election and its aftermath.

For a good primer, start with our exploration of how the president-elect planned to overhaul the US energy strategy prior to his election. Lime Energy.

Early indicators suggest that President-elect Donald Trump may not change as much as observers initially predicted. One reason, writes Peter Maloney, is that Trump will not prioritize energy issues once in office. “Energy is not one of the top five agenda items,” explained one member of the Trump transition team. Utility Dive.

For some energy initiatives, it is hard to tell where the next president will land. According to Maggie Koerth-Baker, the economics of wind and solar generation may prompt executive support (or at least negligence) even as Trump sides against other climate-friendly solutions. Either way, the popularity of renewables will help the industry preserve even amidst a hostile political environment. FiveThirtyEight.

While the election of 2016 may not spell disaster for clean energy in the United States, a political disaster is imminent for environmental and climate policy. It will not just be the elevation of Donald Trump, write David Roberts and Brad Plumer, but also the victories of anti-science Republicans at the congressional and state levels that threaten the progress that has already been made to mitigate our warming climate. Vox.

Of course, the energy efficiency industry continues to revolve and evolve outside the orbit of national elections. One change on the horizon will be the transition from deemed savings to measured savings. Jake Oster explains how deemed savings work, why they persist, and why the energy efficiency industry should make them a last resort by measuring actual savings from the meter. Greentech Media.

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