President Barack Obama will present Art Rosenfeld, the “Godfather” of Energy Efficiency, with the National Medal of Technology in Washington, D.C. Friday. You can watch live at 11:15 AM PST at www.whitehouse.gov/live
Rosenfeld, 85, is a legend in the world of energy efficiency and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He studied physics under Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi. He founded and led the Center for Building Science at the Berkeley Lab. He served for 10 years on the California Energy Commission, retiring in January 2010.
Rosenfeld has long championed energy efficiency as the “low-hanging fruit” in the battle against climate change, and it irks him that solar power has traditionally gotten more attention. He has dedicated his life to making homes, commercial buildings and appliances — including lighting, refrigerators and televisions — more energy efficient.
Though electricity demand nationwide has risen sharply in recent years, California’s per capita electricity use has remained relatively flat because of the state’s strict energy-efficiency regulations – something that’s known as the “Rosenfeld Effect. ” Since 1978, the California Energy Commission has saved Californians $66 billion in electricity and natural gas costs through energy efficient standards for buildings and appliances.