Earlier this week, Georgia Tech released a report based on a study of energy consumption in the south. Motivated by an interest in reliable climate-friendly energy efficiency for the future, policymakers were concerned with implementing energy management in order to reduce energy waste.
A team of researchers from Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are releasing a series of reports from this state-by-state study, with a goal of pinpointing the potential to introduce renewable energy efficiency and energy management to the south.
With 37% of the nation’s population, the South is the largest and fastest growing region in the United States. Comprised of Washington, D.C. and sixteen states stretching from Delaware south along the Appalachian Mountains, as well as the Atlantic seaboard, trailing along the Gulf Coast to Texas, it continues to expand, with a 20 percent increase in population since 1999.
This region has been among the last in the United States to develop an energy-efficient culture and impart energy management and energy efficiency programs. More than ¾ of the energy consumption of the South is derived from fossil fuels. With the South accounting for 44 percent of the United States’ energy consumption, the region could see a significant reduction in both carbon emissions and the need for new power plants by imposing improved practices of energy management in the area.