Could Energy Efficiency Lose Some Momentum?
The Pennsylvania legislature may be pushing back against the rising energy efficiency tide. According to a recent article, a bill is moving forward there that will make it extremely difficult to tighten the state energy code, because, environmentalists say, builders will have virtual veto power.
Through the years, there has always been resistance to higher energy efficiency standards. Manufacturers, builders and others have argued more than once that new, more stringent requirements would not be cost effective. Such arguments have probably slowed things down a bit, but it always seems that standards continue to be tightened. One reason for this is that politicians on both sides of the aisle have generally supported progress in energy efficiency.
Could that be changing? Is the backlash against government spending and regulations begining to slow the momentum of energy efficiency? That's our poll question of the week. And, as usual, I'd like to hear from you. Have you seen developments, like those in Pennsylvania, in your state? Would such a trend be good or bad for us as an industry? Email me or post a comment below and let me know what you think.
Survey Results as of 04/26/2011:
Are energy efficiency standards losing momentum?
The pace of change may slow a little, but standards will continue to become more stringent.
Pushback against increasing government regulation is going to have a real impact.
No, they continue to become more stringent.
Most readers, it would appear, believe the Pennsylvania story is an exception to the rule. Only a third of our respondents, it seems, think pushback against government regulation could have an impact.
Personally, I was thinking the pace of changes in standards would slow. But I've changed my tune somewhat. Perhaps it's because I just paid more than $60 to fill my car with gas for the first time. Market forces, it seems, are likely to focus more attention on energy efficiency again, and that is likely to encourage government initiatives once again.