The Paradox of Energy Efficiency
Why greener technology doesn’t translate into reduced energy consumption
The Jevons paradox states that increased efficiency by itself may not reduce fuel use, and that sustainable energy policy must rely on other types of interventions. If conservation and energy efficiency will not curb energy demand, how can fossil fuel energy plants that operate at best at 33% efficiency help?
The majority of energy is wasted at conventional power plants. Why?
Heat loss 30%, transmission costs 30% Converting to natural gas from coal
is cleaner, but does little if anything to raise efficiencies.
One solution: District Power Centers
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