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Title: Making Homes Part of the Climate Solution: Policy Options To Promote Energy Efficiency

In the area of energy efficiency, advanced technologies combined with best practices appear to afford not only large, but also cost-effective options to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (McKinsey & Company, 2007). In practice, however, the realization of this potential has often proven difficult. Progress appears to require large numbers of individuals to act knowledgeably, and each individual must often act with enabling assistance from others. Even when consumer education is effective and social norms are supportive, the actions of individuals and businesses can be impeded by a broad range of barriers, many of which are non-technical in nature. Title XVI of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 included a mandate to examine barriers to progress and make recommendations in this regard. A detailed report on barriers as well as the National strategy for overcoming barriers met this requirement (Brown et al, 2008; CCCSTI, 2009). Following up on this mandate, the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP) chose to focus next on the development of policy options to improve energy efficiency in residential buildings, with supporting analysis of pros and cons, informed in part by behavioral research. While this work is sponsored by CCTP, it has been undertakenmore » in coordination with DOE's Building Technologies Program and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Georgia Institute of Technology
  2. ORNL
  3. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
986382
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-2009/104
PE0600000; PIPE200; TRN: US201017%%513
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Sponsoring Org:
PI USDOE - Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; CLIMATES; EDUCATION; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ENERGY POLICY; GREENHOUSE GASES; RECOMMENDATIONS; RELIABILITY; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS climate change; policy optionals