N.C. gets grant to develop energy savings

Posted June 30, 2008

— North Carolina has been awarded $500,000 to make buildings more energy efficient, the governor announced Tuesday.

The grant, from the National Governors Association, will go towards research and planning to improve building inspection efforts already in place. The state Energy Office will oversee the program to enforce existing codes and to bring codes up to date as they related to conservation efforts.

“Our building codes already include many energy conservation requirements that if our builders and inspectors are better informed, could result in significant savings with little expense,” Gov. Mike Easley said.

The other states that received the $50,000 grants are Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana and Utah.


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  • SaveEnergyMan Jul 1, 2008

    whatelseisnew, the impetus for saving money in government comes not from the market, but from budget cuts. I have worked with many state agencies in helping them reduce energy. It's not that people don't want to save energy and reduce the cost, it's that there is no incentive. Save money and you lose it - your budget gets cut. Since there is no profit, the lost money goes to someone else who is wasteful. Most agencies don't want to risk cutting the budget since the measures might not even save the promised amount.

    Another problem is maintenance. A lot of energy can be saved if equipment was maintained properly. When budgets get cut, maintenance people get laid off. The remaining maintenance folks spend all their time putting out fires, rather than maintaining the equipment - aka deferred maintenance. This saves in the short term, but we all lose in the long term. The system needs to be fixed first.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 30, 2008

    Ha ha ha; okay you have a grant that is half a million that will be spent. Ah sorry Mike but that right there is a pretty good expense if you ask me. Hopefully, it will result in saving money, but I doubt it. The impetus for doing things that saves money always comes from the market and not from Government.