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Meeting energy demands through reliance on fossil fuels has a negative impact on the climate. According to UNFCCC (2007 report), the cost of hurricane impacts has increased by two orders of magnitude in the Caribbean basin in the last 20 years, and hurricane intensity is expected to continue increasing. Renewable energy generation is the answer for replacing carbon-intensive energy generation, but there is concern about the ability of renewables to meet current and future energy demand. Combining renewable energy technologies with energy efficiency technologies and behavior changes can close the gap between clean energy supply and energy demand. Energy efficiency can also reduce current energy demands from fossil fuel generation and can serve as the bridge as renewable based generation replaces fossil fuel based generation over time.
Energy efficiency is both a mitigation strategy and an adaptation strategy. It consists of two areas of focus: efficient technologies and human behavior. Designing programs that engage large populations in practicing energy efficiency behavior can provide increased stability for current electricity supply (load balancing) and reduce overall electricity demand, allowing communities struggling with energy issues a chance to better prepare for changes in energy supply – whether caused by climate impacts, natural disasters, or by a transition to renewable generation.
This webinar will focus on sharing best practices and successful experience in designing energy efficiency programs to create maximum returns on efficiency investments.