CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1991
John E. Bryson's column ("Change Is in the Wind--and the Sun," Commentary, May 19) stating that Southern California can meet its electric power needs primarily through energy efficiency, conservation and the development of renewable energy technologies is especially welcome, since it comes from the chairman and CEO of the region's largest public utility. The League of Women Voters has advocated such an energy policy since 1978. Currently, we are urging that no new fossil fuel power plant be permitted until all conservation opportunities have been fully exploited and that to meet any shortfall in electric power generation first consideration be given to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind.
November 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For the growing numbers of home purchasers who care about energy efficiency, it's the ultimate "green" goal: Lenders should recognize the net savings that energy improvements provide to property owners and take them into account when they underwrite and set the fees for mortgages. Appraisers should also recognize the added value. The rationale: Owners of homes that reduce energy consumption pay lower utility bills than owners of energy guzzlers, so why not factor these out-of-pocket savings into calculations of household debt-to-income ratios and appraised valuations?
April 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California's energy efficiency regulators are are setting their sights on a new batch of products. After decades of requiring that appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and big-screen televisions use ever less power, officials are now looking at more devices: video game consoles, set-top cable boxes, computers, various types of lighting and pool and spa pumps and motors. “The simple fact is energy efficiency saves consumers money,” said Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission.
July 18, 2011
Refrigerators and cars have become more energy-efficient. Water heaters and windows have too. So it's strange that so many politicians cling to old-style incandescent light bulbs. Contrary to what congressional critics have been saying, a law passed during the George W. Bush administration does not ban incandescent bulbs. Rather, it phases in higher requirements for energy efficiency that the old incandescents — in use for more than 100 years since they were developed by Thomas Edison — do not meet because much of their energy creates heat rather than light.
March 4, 2009 |
Los Angeles commercial property landlords are going green on a bigger scale than their counterparts in other cities, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. The EPA awarded the most Energy Star ratings in the country last year to Los Angeles, where 262 buildings earned the agency's conservation designation. Energy Star buildings use at least 35% less energy than average buildings and emit 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
October 30, 2011 |
When you apply for a mortgage to buy a house, how often does the lender ask detailed questions about monthly energy costs or tell the appraiser to factor in the energy-efficiency features of the house when coming up with a value? Hardly ever. That's because the big three mortgage players — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration, which together account for more than 90% of all loan volume — typically don't consider energy costs in underwriting. Yet utility bills can be larger annual cash drains than property taxes or insurance — key factors in standard underwriting — and can seriously affect a family's ability to afford a house.