According to researchers at Georgia Tech and Duke University, Georgia has one of the least energy-efficient economies in the country. We rank 44th for energy codes and other policies to encourage efficiency in the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors.
That’s the bad news.
But there’s good news too. Georgia has no oil, gas or coal reserves and little untapped hydroelectric capacity, but because of its wastefulness it does have great potential to “create” energy through conservation, making itself both more competitive economically and more responsible environmentally.
(That concept of “creating energy” through conservation can be tricky, but it makes sense. After all, every gallon of oil or kilowatt of electricity that we do not use for one purpose is freed up to be used for some other purpose.)
And how much of an impact can conservation have?
According to the study, with no changes in how we do things, energy consumption in Georgia will increase by