31 Oct '14, 2pm

@ACEEEdc | #EnergyEfficiency Rebound Effect – more molehill than mountain

@ACEEEdc | #EnergyEfficiency Rebound Effect – more molehill than mountain

E2e, a joint initiative of three universities, released a working paper entitled “The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy .” In it, they discuss various types of rebound and ways to analyze it. Much of their data relates to gasoline and oil prices and consumer and market responses to changes in those prices. They find that for developed countries, “most… studies fall […] in the range of 5 to 25 percent” direct rebound effect (where direct captures consumer response but not whole-economy effects). In developing countries, where incomes are lower and impose constraints on miles driven and other energy-consuming behavior, the E2e paper finds the “most common range” is 10-40% demand elasticity (related to but not exactly the same as direct rebound). They also discuss macroeconomic effects, emphasizing studies that show rebound of 11 percent and 21 percent due to econom...

Full article: http://aceee.org/blog/2014/10/rebound-effect-mountain-or-...

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