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      1. Residential conservation in NW saved energy
           From: Stephen Pauley <spauley@cox-internet...>
      2. Re: Virginia Enabling Legislation
           From: "Glendon L. Howell" <glendonhowell@compuserve...>
      3. Re: Residential conservation in NW saved energy
           From: "Terry McGowan" <lighting@ieee...>
      4. File - SplitLink.txt
           From: DarkSky-list


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 19:15:05 -0700
   From: Stephen Pauley <spauley@cox-internet...>
Subject: Residential conservation in NW saved energy

Read below to see the "power" of taking simple
residential energy conservation measures like
switching to cf's, and through offers of conservation
discounts by northwest utilities. When the utilities
needed the public, the public responded.

But guess what?  They don't need us anymore.
With power supplies back to square one again,
the utilities withdrew all discount offers for
energy conservation.  We now begin the cycle
all over again - to begin whenever the NW has
another year of drought.

Unfortunately, the use of more efficient outdoor
lighting was never part of the equation, but
should have been.

You may find the info. below useful in your
energy arguments for fco, lower wattage

Steve Pauley

An article from the Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA)

NW shows conservation really works
Residential customers save far more electricity than industry
Gene Johnson - Associated Press
SEATTLE _ Northwest residents saved more energy during last year's power 
crunch than officials ever expected, turning upside-down the notion that 
big energy savings are most likely to come from big industrial users.
"Demand for electricity is a lot more elastic than we thought," Marilyn 
Showalter, chairwoman of the Washington Utilities and Transportation 
Commission, said Thursday. "We had no idea the response would be this strong."
Nicolas Garcia, a policy strategist for the commission, said that from June 
to October, residential customers of the three utilities the commission 
regulates -- Puget Sound Energy, PacifiCorp and Avista Corp. -- cut their 
power use by an estimated 622,000 megawatt-hours compared with the same 
period in 2000. That's enough to power 44,000 homes for a year.
Compare that with the estimated 12,900 megawatt-hours the utilities saved 
from January to September by buying back power from industrial users, or 
the 16,400 megawatt-hours Avista and PacifiCorp saved by having farmers cut 
back the use of their energy-guzzling irrigation pumps. Together, those 
megawatt-hours would power about 2,100 homes.
The utilities provided the numbers to the commission, which has yet to 
verify them, Garcia said.
Still, he added: "Before we got this data, most people thought the lion's 
share of the savings would come from industrial customers. This was 
In all, the three utilities cut their energy consumption in Washington 
state by 2.1 percent, or 651,300 megawatt-hours, from January to October, 
the commission reported.
In addition, the Bonneville Power Administration, which provides about 45 
percent of the region's electricity, released figures Thursday showing its 
utility customers last year saved roughly enough energy to supply 80,000 
Energy and government officials last year urged people to switch to 
efficient light bulbs and faucet heads and to find other ways to save power 
in response to the region's energy crunch, caused in part by California's 
failed electricity deregulation and compounded by a drought.
The BPA estimated that in response, residential customers installed 5 
million low-energy, fluorescent light bulbs. Customers of Portland General 
Electric redeemed about 1 million coupons for the bulbs.
Puget Sound Energy, Avista and PacifiCorp all offered discounts to 
customers who cut energy use. For example, PacifiCorp offered a 10 percent 
bill reduction for customers who cut energy use 10 percent, or a 20 percent 
reduction for customers who cut it by 20 percent.
Puget Sound Energy also changed the way it charges customers, giving them 
discounts for energy use in off-peak hours after 9 p.m. Customers responded 
positively, Showalter said.
Showalter spoke Thursday at a two-day energy conference put on by Law 
Seminars International. She focused on conservation.
One challenge will be having people continue to conserve now that the 
energy crunch is over. The utilities are no longer offering bill reductions 
as an incentive; now that energy prices have dropped again, it's not worth 
it for them to pay customers to cut their use.
But in the long run, the potential savings from conservation are 
tremendous, Showalter said.
"Too often, we're talking about whether we need more supply, more 
transmission," Showalter said. "If you can reduce demand a little bit, it 
makes a big difference."

Steve Pauley MD
Sun Valley, ID

Life is not measured by the number of
breaths we take, but by the moments
that take our breath away.


Message: 2
   Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 22:20:26 -0500
   From: "Glendon L. Howell" <glendonhowell@compuserve...>
Subject: Re: Virginia Enabling Legislation

> In March of 2000, Connecticut DOT committed to using FCO lighting on all
new road projects

Thanks Cliff for the info!  You're as helpful and thorough as usual!

Since CT-DOT has adopted FCO, I was wondering how uniformity issues were
being handled in both new and replacement installations --- i.e., by
ignoring the issue, by decreasing pole spacing, by increasing pole height,
or how?

Glen Howell <glendonhowell@compuserve...>
Chesapeake, VA


Message: 3
   Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 22:33:01 -0500
   From: "Terry McGowan" <lighting@ieee...>
Subject: Re: Residential conservation in NW saved energy

But there's some good news from out west too.  The California Energy
Commission has authority to extend "Title 24" to outdoor lighting and a
large survey of "what's out there" is now being done for
commercial/industrial applications.  There's a short fuse on the proposed
rules so the first review period is set for late this summer as I understand

Terry McGowan

> But guess what?  They don't need us anymore.
> With power supplies back to square one again,
> the utilities withdrew all discount offers for
> energy conservation.  We now begin the cycle
> all over again - to begin whenever the NW has
> another year of drought.
> Unfortunately, the use of more efficient outdoor
> lighting was never part of the equation, but
> should have been.

> Steve Pauley


Message: 4
   Date: 21 Jan 2002 12:22:28 -0000
   From: DarkSky-list
Subject: File - SplitLink.txt

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