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Making energy efficiency a priority

Author: Troy Rutter

Yu Wang, assistant professor of global energy policy in the Department of Political Science, has published her first book, Green Savings: How Policies and Markets Drive Energy Efficiency. Wang co-authored the book with Marilyn Brown, the Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy and a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the report on Mitigation of Climate Change.

In the book, Wang asserts that reducing energy consumption should be a frontline strategy to address global climate change, threats to energy security, and the challenge of grid reliability. She argues that policies motivating greater investment in energy efficiency should be a priority, and that states and countries can learn from their leaders.

To make a case for the necessity of prioritizing demand reduction, Wang examines the policies and markets operating in a number of leading cities, states, and nations across the globe to uncover the keys to their success. These examples show how demand-side strategies can significantly reduce pollution, cut costs, and make the electric grid more resilient. The authors also explain why these technologies are not widely adopted and assess the potential savings they can produce.

Wang’s research focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public policy analysis.

Green Savings: How Policies and Markets Drive Energy Efficiency
Marilyn A. Brown and Yu Wang
Hardcover, $48
Published by Praeger Press