Part of the Smart grid glossary:

A negawatt is a negative megawatt: a megawatt of power saved by increasing efficiency or reducing consumption. Physicist Amory Lovins coined the term and introduced it in a speech in 1989. Negawatt started life as a typo: Lovins saw megawatt spelled with an 'n' in a document he was reading and was struck by the potential of that typo as a useful concept. 

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> See: The Negawatt Revolution.

This was last updated in March 2010
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