Local daily looks again: proposed POS required energy upgrades

Only listeners to KVET seemed to be following this issue up until a day or so ago. Up until about that time, it was not under discussion on neighborhood listservs around town, which leads me to conclude that more people should be reading the local daily and the Chron from cover to cover, not to mention listening to KVET. There’s a resolution forming the “Energy Efficient Retrofit Task Force” with an unwieldy number of members. The task force is due to report to the city council on or before June 1 (see agenda item 64 from December 13). Its next meeting is set for tomorrow. Today’s newspaper feature has given the gift of greater visibility to the Keep Austin Affordable site (“Austin Realtors question plan to require efficiency upgrades for older homes: City says complaints are premature, alarmist,” byline Katie Humphrey).

Why should those of us who seldom or never consume over 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity pay for the ever-growing consumption caused by those evidently compelled to build in a cornfield, tear down a perfectly good structure and construct a monster in its place, or “remodel” by expanding an existing house by four or five times? Only this morning, we learned that additional tree limbs will be sacrificed in our vicinity to add a transformer “required” because voltage is now “insufficient.” Somebody’s recently installed multi-kitchens and other upgrades and proliferations of electricity-operated conveniences in a bloated edifice demand this service upgrade; not only that, another outfit of the same sort will soon be completed and is likely to “require” the same sort of service upgrade, with accompanying destruction.

So much for affordable housing. So much for preserving Austin’s shade canopy.

2 Comments so far

  1. tthomas48 on May 7th, 2008 @ 9:57 am

    I think this is a great idea that has nothing to do with tearing down perfectly good structures, remodeling or anything of that nature. They want old houses to be brought up to an energy efficient standard, more than likely modeled on the Austin Energy Rebates. The only visible change should be the replacement of old screens with solar screens. This has nothing to do with paying for others electricity or suburban housing. And it only has to be done when you sell your house.

    I have no clue what your rant has to do with this. I’m sorry that the character of your neighborhood is changing, but this program won’t impact that at all. And if anything it should make housing more affordable by lowering the utility costs of old houses.

  2. curtisreddehase on May 10th, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

    I have to say that Austin has a true artist in finest sense of the word. I can truly appreciate the paintings.

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