Definitions

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  • noun A unit of saved energy.

Etymologies

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Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.

Examples

  • Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, coined the term negawatt, which is most succinctly defined as a unit of power not consumed.

    Buzzword: Negawatt

  • Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, coined the term negawatt, which is most succinctly defined as a unit of power not consumed.

    Buzzword: Negawatt

  • A negawatt is a watt of power that wasn't consumed.

    Mega-Negawatts

  • A negawatt is a watt of power that wasn't consumed.

    Energy

  • A negawatt is a watt of power that wasn't consumed.

    Mega-Negawatts

  • "We should insist on the diversification of our energy sources and turn our focus as well to energy efficiency - the 'negawatt' - which is the cheapest of all forms of energy."

    Phoenix Business News - Local Phoenix News | The Business Journal of Phoenix

  • "We are committed to dramatically increasing the amount of energy efficiency programs available in Arizona, because we know the 'negawatt'-- energy we don't use -- is the cheapest energy of all," said Kris Mayes, Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman.

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  • "We should insist on the diversification of our energy sources and turn our focus as well to energy efficiency - the" negawatt, "which is the cheapest of all forms of energy."

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  • But unlike these so-called "negawatt" approaches, proving that cars can be used as part of the grid has yet to attempted.

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  • Hmm, what could be a companion term for "negawatt"?

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  • A unit of electrical or other energy (typically measured in watts or kilowatts) saved as a result of energy conservation measures.

    November 1, 2008

  • Negawatt power was a term coined by Amory Lovins in 1989.

    January 8, 2009

  • On campaign pledges I beg a thought:

    They promise much but renege a lot;

    In the electoral game

    Is a promise the same

    As a trick like the notional negawatt?

    October 23, 2014