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Dec 17, 201302:29 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Big Sister wants your business to report your building’s energy usage

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Madison’s unemployed may be a protected class, but it’s still open season on the city’s job providers. Seven Madison alders are proposing to require owners of office, manufacturing, and retail buildings over 15,000 square feet and residential apartments over 35 units to report annual energy usage. The city would gather the data and release it to the public.

The measure has the full support of Progressive Dane, which tells you which way the ill wind is blowing.

If the intent is to inform potential renters about the energy efficiency of a structure, the measure is a typical Big Government failure. The building itself may be efficient, but the renters leave the windows open on a January night.

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has its hackles up, and that can take some doing. “Requiring businesses to annually report energy usage is cumbersome, costly, and ineffective,” says Delora Newton, the chamber’s vice president of external relations. “The energy analysis will not provide information that isn’t already available to the business.”

The measure most likely is an effort to “shame” businesses that like to keep the lights on and their employees warm. But it also presupposes that businesspeople are lighting their Daddy Warbucks cigars with $20 bills.

“Businesses know that finding ways to reduce energy costs saves them money and is good for the environment. Implying otherwise is insulting,” Newton says. Madison businesspeople should be accustomed to insults by now. South Central Wisconsin Realtors also opposes.

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Dec 17, 2013 05:05 pm
 Posted by  Leo

Before imposing yet another unnecessary and meaningless burden on private property owners in Madison, how bout we require the city of Madison to annually inform taxpayers on the millions of dollars they wasted in the past year on idiotic ideas that do nothing but inhibit the growth of the private sector in Madison.

Dec 18, 2013 06:55 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

This will of course also disclose the useage of all the buildings owned by the taxpayers, ie. all city structures, all county structures and all state structures right? Goose Gander.

Dec 18, 2013 07:43 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Yes, Mr. Gander, the ordinance would report energy usage in municipal-owned buildings as the State of Wisconsin currently reports usage in state-owned buildings; the difference -- and it is major -- is that the State does not require privately owned structures to so report.

Dec 18, 2013 11:24 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

Well, in his property tax love letter, Soglin had nothing to say about why property taxes were going up. But he did mention some Web Survey thing that was the greatest thing since sliced bread AND COSTS TAXPAYERS MONEY TO RUN
sigh...when will these people be held accountable

Dec 18, 2013 11:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

cool:

They are held accountable every time they run for election. If you don't like what your mayor and alderperson are doing, run against them. Simple as that. You would have thought that as a reader of blaskas tripe you would have known that.

Dec 18, 2013 12:48 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Even the thoroughly discredited UWBiz (who no longer uses that moniker, he is so discredited) knows that!

Dec 18, 2013 01:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska:

Why the need to call other folks names? Some primal need to belittle others with differing opinions? How would you know who is or isn't UWBiz? Unless you have access to all our e-mail addresses, you couldn't know that. So you are just making everything up once again.

Dec 18, 2013 02:21 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Stick to the topic instead of belittling me, Anon. Do you support or oppose proposed Ord. 29.047?

Dec 18, 2013 02:43 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

I would run, but the tolerant people of this town would run me out on the rails. I'm not stupid. Eventually, the winds of change will blow through Madison - when that will happen, we do not know, but this can't last forever. Eventually, people are going to have to cry uncle when their property taxes are 3 months of salary? Mine are pushing 2 months.

Dec 18, 2013 06:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska:

No belittling done, just stating the obvious. I don't give a rats patoot about 29.047 as I don't live in the Emerald City.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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