Impending Energy Legislation Killing Off Energy Efficiency Programs

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January 30, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

Let me provide an overview.  Many Americans undeserved have benefited from energy -efficiency, as well as the organizations delivering the programs.  The programs have not been optimal but yet, many have been served that has reduced their energy bills by efficiency services within homes and businesses.  The potential  “Bill Would “Dismantle” Energy Efficiency In Indiana

Indiana’s energy-efficiency programs could be dismantled under legislation now at the Statehouse. The Demand Side Management program relies on both large and small users of electricity, but Senate Bill 340 would allow the large industrial users to opt out. The measure was written by Republican state Senator James Merritt and passed out of the Senate Utilities Committee last week. According to Ethan Rogers, senior program manager for industry at the American Council on an Energy-Efficient Economy, energy-efficiency projects in the industrial setting yield the most savings, and without them, the programs will not achieve maximum efficiency,” post the Public News Wire.

“That means you’re getting the more expensive energy-efficiency resources; you’re not balancing that with lower cost energy-efficiency resources, and so your cost of what you’re acquiring is higher than it needs to be,” he said. The programs have been in place for a couple of years, and Jodi Perras with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign said Hoosiers already have saved enough to power 64,000 homes for a year. She said efficiency also reduces the need to construct costly new power plants.”

“Ohio and Illinois are seeing great gains and energy-efficiency programs are keeping their electric rates lower, (but) meanwhile Indiana is stuck in the old mindset of, ‘Let’s let the utilities build as many power plants as they want and we’ll all be fine,'” Perras declared.”

The cost of energy is rising. Energy efficiency programs have supported those businesses and homeowners needing efficiency services. The age of many homes and businesses require efficiency repairs. The loss of energy efficiency programs will create a gap between energy affordability and mitigating obsolescence in the many structures that are aged and otherwise costly to repair.

These programs mitigate cost for owners and produce jobs for the organizations that manage the services and respond to the consumer in need of energy efficiency. Further, these programs provide jobs to the contractors that deliver services and sell materials. As the price of energy rises the response is to reduce the inefficiencies that these programs support. As one door closes another opens. The consumers who are in need of these services must now seek another door.

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