Energy Transition Research Institute


FAQ Entri and Energy

Why do you focus on China?

China has the unique distinction of being both a very large and very rapidly growing economy. It's 1.3 billion people have increased their economic output at an average rate of 10 percent per year in recent years. Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions are closely related. Fortunately, China has committed to holding energy demand growth to less than the rate of economic growth. Without successful energy conservation in China, controlling global warming would be exceedingly difficult.

What is your organization's carbon footprint?

Our group of companies has a negative carbon footprint. That is because we are in the business of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Our sister company Transition Energy helped finance a Chinese energy efficiency company which eliminates thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year in China. Entri also strongly encourages telecommuting. In our personal lives, we try to buy cutting edge LEDs, HVAC, and insulation.

Why do you focus on energy efficiency?

None of the current energy supply systems is without major risk or major problems. There is no combination of current energy resources which can succeed in avoiding catastrophic climate change without maximum efforts to save energy.

How fast is sea level increasing in Maryland?

The global mean sea level rise during the 20th century was 0.33 meter. The sea is rising twice as fast in the lower Chesapeake Bay in U.S. Mid-Atlantic region because the area is sinking--probably due to the fact that it sits on an ancient impact crater--at the same time as the sea is rising.

Is solar energy cost-effective?

Solar water heating is competitive in China and provides hot water to nearly 100 million Chinese. Solar photovoltaic electric power generation is becoming more cost-effective and can supply part-time residential power for $0.20 per kWh in Maryland, where grid-supplied electricity costs $0.15 per kWh.

Who pays for this?

Entri is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation registered in Maryland in the United States. We receive grants from foundations and work in the public interest. We have recently received funding from the Blue Moon Fund of Charlottesville, Virgina, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund of New York, and the Institute for Industrial Productivity of Washington, D.C.