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Energy Efficiency Should Be Publicized More Than Renewables

Francisco Zalduendo, a business strategist and renewable energy expert, writes about how the state of California created the California Energy Commission (CEC) after the United States had suffered from a recession and several energy scares due to its dependence on fossil fuels. The CEC, Zalduendo writes, is supported by engineers and experts instead of politicians, and these subject matter experts help set new energy efficiency standards for California every 3 years.
By focusing on the energy efficiency of existing buildings, new construction, and appliances, the CEC has helped California to save millions of dollars and hundreds of terawatt-hours (TWh). These savings are equivalent to the energy consumption of more than 6 million households, and Zalduendo points out that similar savings could be accomplished in the commercial sector too.

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