many have said it: the easiest way to produce more energy is to reduce consumption. or something like that ...
i stumbled upon this article
in the westport (conn) minuteman, highlighting issues for businesses in fairfield county.
not surprisingly, primary trouble spots include the traffic issue and energy costs. regarding traffic in fairfield county - i grew up in that area and also have commuted to work in that area in the past. the traffic problem is significant and a major detractor to the quality of life for the average joe. around 1990 i could drive from shelton to fairfield at rush hour in about 25 minutes. today, that drive will probably be closer to an hour of stop and go madness ...
anyway, back to the article. business leaders are very aware of energy prices. the article states:
"Businesses in Fairfield County are also willing to take conservation steps and endure short-terms spikes in order to get longer-term, lower costs of power.
Thirty-two percent of respondents have taken five or more steps to conserve energy. Between 30 and 73 percent of respondents have already taken steps to adjust HVAC, install new energy equipment and procedures, and replace or upgrade lighting to save energy.
i imagine the higher part of that range applies to the upgrade lighting and the lower part of the range applies to install new energy equipment. regardless, i was surprised that so many businesses have started to conserve.
the effects of high natural gas prices, which appear to have forced some industry to shut down unprofitable operations plus these types of conservation efforts have likely mitigated the effect of the hurricanes in 2005. the market does seem to be working to avoid serious problems.
i wonder what it will take to reach a true crisis point? clearly, 2006 will not be the year ... i wonder when things will get dicier?