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Energy Saving from the Adoption of More Efficient Appliances: Another View

In our October 1987 issue (pp. 85-89), we published a Comment by J. Daniel Khazzoom on a paper given by Amory Lovins at the November 1986 North American Conference of the IAEE. The subject, certain aspects of energy savings from the use of more efficient appliances, has important research and policy implications. Dr. Lovins's reply (plus a follow-up note by three staff members of the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) appears below. Professor Khazzoom's rejoinder will appear in a subsequent issue. I encourage additional comments and letters from our readers.CommentsEnergy Saving Resulting from the Adoption of More Efficient Appliances: Another ViewAmory B. LovinsJ. Daniel Khazzoom's objection (1987) to my November 1986 IAEE presentation' is wrong in at least a dozen distinct respects. Its errors are variously noted, by, among others, Goldstein & Watson (1986), the follow-up by Henly et al. (see p. 156) to this note, and (contrary to Khazzoom's claim that I ignored rebound effects) myself (e.g. 1985). Khazzoom's 1987 article simply reasserts his position without offering a convincing response.

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Energy Specializations: Energy Efficiency

JEL Codes: Q41: Energy: Demand and Supply; Prices, Q40: Energy: General, Q54: Climate; Natural Disasters and Their Management; Global Warming, D12: Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

Keywords: Appliance efficiency, energy conservation, Energy policy

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol9-No2-10

Published in Volume 9, Number 2 of the bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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