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  • n. A unit of saved energy.


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


  • 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.

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


  • "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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  • "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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  • As the story goes, Lovins came across negawatt as a typo of megawatt in a public-utilities report and thought it captured nicely his belief that the best way to save power or energy is to not consume it in the first place.

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  • Secured ten new Orion Virtual Power Plant (tm) negawatt supply agreements during the third quarter, representing gross income streams of $780 thousand.


  • This sounds like the same problem as with the utility price structure, and how politically difficult it is to move away from the model setting return based on gross production and toward a negawatt efficiency pricing model.

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  • 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

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

    January 8, 2009

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

    November 1, 2008