The trouble with energy efficiency indexes: la aritmetic non e opinione

Date Published: May 21, 2008

Document Type: Regional/Binational clearinghouse

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Author Names:

Horowitz, Marvin


Rising energy use and energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions are encouraging new national energy efficiency policies and long-term international cooperative agreements. These require on-going studies to monitor their progress; thus, substantial effort must be directed toward developing reliable evaluation methodologies. One proposed methodology that is gaining in popularity involves energy efficiency indexes. The purpose of this paper is to show that there is a fundamental shortcoming in this approach that makes it unsuitable for estimating policy impacts.

Efficiency Topics

EvaluationMeasure or Program AssessmentMethodsMonitoring