Voices: Energy Expert

Energy Expert explores the growing range of energy related opportunities and risks facing today’s Energy Manager. Peter Garforth draws from his considerable track record in establishing successful energy productivity programs that create profitable business solutions and enhanced competitiveness.

When it comes to energy management leadership, can the tail wag the dog?

Peter Garforth says companies can lead communities on energy change, with benefits for both parties.

By Peter Garforth
Mar 6, 2019

Hundreds of cities across the United States and Canada are embracing the need to minimize their energy impacts to be close to carbon-free in the next 20 to 30 years to meet the challenge of mitigating the effects of climate change. However, the gap between understanding the need and implementing the deep and sustained transformations required often results in something close to collective paralysis. This is often followed by pilots and demonstration projects that fall far short of the scale and speed needed to make them successful. But are there examples of where pilot projects actually have sparked transformation?

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