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.