174Re: [force_ev] OT: Affects CA EV drivers: Watt Cops
- Feb 3, 2001Gotta remember, most people don't understand that electric power is going begging in the wee hours of the morning. They see closed businesses with their lights on and think "what a waste'.
Setting up a plan to have people cut this waste is a political move. I don't think anyone is going to be pushing to stop people charging their EVs overnight, though peak periods may be a different matter - I hope not.
The plans to get everyone to conserve energy and to shift usage away from peak hours though is a good thing.
On Fri, 02 February 2001, Bruce EVangel Parmenter wrote:
> OT: Affects CA EV drivers: Watt Cops
> [IMHO: cutting back on power other than the daytime peak periods is
> again another example how those in charge, do not understand when
> the real power is needed. During the day=Yes, during the Night=dumb
> I can see it now, the cop comes over and sez,
> "OK buddy, you get a ticket. You know we have to save Electricity."
> "But Officer, I have to charge my Electric Vehicle to get to work
> -I forsee a wave of anti-EV sentiment for this bogus rule. As George
> simply put it, "It's a bad law". This also is a bad move.]
> www.sfgate.com State OKs $10 Billion for Power CONSERVE OR ELSE:
> $1000-a-day fines for stores that don't comply Robert Salladay, Joe
> Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writers Friday, February 2, 2001
> 2001 San Francisco Chronicle
> Gov. Gray Davis invoked his emergency powers yesterday and ordered
> California's auto malls, shopping centers and other retail outlets to
> dim their lights after closing - or face $1,000-a-day fines.
> Under an extraordinary executive order signed by Davis, law
> enforcement agencies and the Office of Emergency Services have the
> next week to figure out which businesses should cut their outdoor
> lighting without jeopardizing safety or increasing crime.
> Davis gave county sheriffs and the California Highway Patrol the
> authority to penalize recalcitrant business up to $1,000 a day
> starting March 15, when the program becomes mandatory. The emergency
> order lasts "until the governor rescinds it," said a spokesman.
> Violators face criminal misdemeanor charges.
> The order is part of a $404 million conservation effort that includes
> rebates for energy-saving appliances, money for businesses to install
> energy efficient roofs and more efficient lighting, and a TV
> commercial encouraging people to wash their clothes after 7 p.m.
> McDonald's will pay to print 4 million paper place mats with energy
> conservation tips.
> Davis said the plans should save enough power to supply an estimated
> 3.7 million homes during the summer. Under the state of emergency
> Davis declared Jan. 17, California's vast bureaucracies were ordered
> to cut power 20 percent, and residents were asked to voluntarily cut
> usage by 7 percent.
> "Yes, we have a power shortage," Davis said, "but we are far from
> Californians have enormous clout as consumers."
> Democratic lawmakers have been asking Davis for three weeks to
> introduce conservation measures, not just negotiate for lower power
> prices or work to build more power plants. Davis' plan would double
> the amount California spends on energy conservation -- to $800
> "I mean, is it too much to ask for these auto malls to turn off the
> lights from midnight to 6 a.m.?" asked Senate President Pro Tem John
> Burton, D-San Francisco, who supports more conservation efforts but is
> leery of using law enforcement to monitor usage.
> Although nearly every major business group in the state, including
> Silicon Valley and grocery store lobbyists, said they supported Davis'
> plan to cut outdoor lighting, not everyone running a business was
> enthusiastic about having their energy usage monitored by the state.
> "Shouldn't the governor be worried about trying to get more power
> instead of running around fining people?" asked Juergen Frost, owner
> of a Pleasant Hill furniture shop.
> Last week, a Chronicle report on nighttime electricity use by
> businesses noted that two dozen lamps burned brightly inside Frost's
> store at 10:30 p.m., a few hours after closing. Frost said his timer
> had malfunctioned -- the lights should be off before midnight. Still,
> he doesn't plan to begin turning his lights off when his store
> "My gas and electric bill is only $160 a month (for the
> 6,000-square-foot store)," Frost said. "Show me what the other big
> electricity users are doing. Since the economy is a little soft, we do
> have to show our lights."
> Many details remain unwritten on Davis' plan to monitor power usage
> and issue fines. Davis' executive order simply asks the CHP and the
> sheriffs from nine major counties, including Alameda, to "develop a
> plan" by Feb. 9. The state Trade and Commerce Agency is in charge of
> notifying businesses of the orders.
> That plan could require certain types of businesses, such as auto
> malls or grocery stores, to cut power by a certain percentage, or it
> could order specific businesses, block-by-block, to cut their lights
> during the early morning hours.
> Businesses that fail to comply with an order following a warning from
> law enforcement can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined, the
> governor's executive order states. Officials in the governor's office
> said they had the power to implement the plan under the state's
> Emergency Services Act.
> However, "the governor is reasonably confident people will voluntarily
> participate," said spokeswoman Hilary McLean.
> Davis said he wanted to make sure that whatever the sheriff or CHP
> ordered, the retail outlets still had enough light to prevent crime.
> Indeed, legal experts warned that making it easier for criminals to
> trespass or break into a building could put the state in jeopardy.
> "I would say that the state is liable for negligence if the state
> requires someone to underlight their premises so as to cause injury to
> somebody, including themselves," said Jesse Choper, a UC Berkeley law
> Shamrock Ford in Dublin turned off half the lights on its lot after it
> was featured in the same Chronicle story. In that time, two cars have
> been stolen, but the company still is trying to conserve energy.
> "If you're asking if we're going to shut down to pitch black after we
> the answer is no. No way," said Gordon Giacomazzi, director of sales
> at Shamrock Ford, a beacon along Interstate 580 in Dublin. "If you had
> $14 million worth of cars on your property, would you feel safe with
> the lights turned off?"
> Dublin Vice Mayor Janet Lockhart said that even if the city requested
> lights as part of an overall look of a development, it wasn't
> requiring businesses to keep them on now.
> "I don't think it's my job to knock on someone's door and tell them
> how to run their business," Lockhart said. "I'm confident that Dublin
> businesses will be good corporate citizens and comply with the
> governor's order."
> Chronicle staff writer Bob Egelko contributed to this report. / E-mail
> Robert Salladay at rsalladay@... and Joe Garofoli at
> jgarofoli@.... 2001 San Francisco Chronicle Page A1
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