Energy Transition Research Institute


FAQ Entri and Energy

Why do you focus on China?

China is both a very large and rapidly growing economy. It's 1.3 billion people have increased their economic output at an average rate of over 5 or6 percent per year even in 2015. 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. We have recently reengaged in Poland and Russia. Although these countries have made major strides in becoming more efficient since the political and economic transitions of the 1990s began, the need for continuing U.S. climate cooperation has become more evident recently as climate change has diminished in political importance in all three nations. We are examing the potential for sub-national cooperation among them.

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 received funding from the Blue Moon Fund of Charlottesville, Virgina, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund of New York, the Institute for Industrial Productivity of Washington, D.C., the World Wildlife Fund U.S., the Sierra Club/Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.