Senate Energy Bill Prompts Action

Amidst the country’s turmoil after the the massive oil spill due to the offshore oil rig fire, the political wrangling on the energy bill submitted by Senators Lieberman and Kerry finally came to a good ending. Energy efficiency are the focus of news these days as large and small organizations look at their own consumption to know how they can be sustainable.

In short, the Senate energy bill is prompting action around the country. As the alternative of the Senate for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the American Power Act was passed in 2009 by the House of Representatives. As part of the proposal by the Senate, there are thousands of industrial facilities which consume high amounts of energy while refineries and power plants will need to pay fees to produce carbon dioxide, as part of the greenhouse gas emissions regulation.

Senators Lieberman and Kerry has finally rolled the Senate energy bill which they have authored, just in time when the United States had to resolve the issues resulting from the massive oil spill which was caused by the oil rig fire offshore. Energy and energy efficiency are certainly front and center in the news these days and this is causing organizations large and small to look at their consumption and find out how they may become more sustainable.

Greenhouse gas emissions are known to cause damage to our environment and to cause an overall warming of the Earth’s atmosphere. Committed in the reduction of emissions by 80% in the year 2050, this will be highly dependent on whatever the Congress could push as a legislation and if the American Power Act could help in the promotion of the legislation by early 2011 or late 2010.

Whether companies are directly affected by the new “cap and trade” program to restrict greenhouse gas emissions among those power hungry organizations, they will undoubtedly be affected by the increase in the cost of utilities. As a protection from the perceived impacts, the Senate could grant rebates to consumers which could have implications to commercial organizations. More than ever before, they would need to implement a plan to be more sustainable.

Every organization needs to monitor and account for their energy needs to be able to correctly function which should be aligned along a good energy plan. Every single asset which is controlled by an organization needs to be accounted for in terms of energy efficiency and has to be tracked and monitored efficiently to verify consequent carbon emissions and the scale of energy use. Few people doubt that legislation of some kind will be implemented, as after all, international consensus is calling for emissions control.

The Senate energy bill plans to commence emission reduction efforts in 2013 and accelerate the results through 2050. The US Senate could have a varied opinion from the House of Representatives, who might also have a different stand from the administration. However, there are calls from most sectors of society for change and a renewed push for more energy investment, especially as a consequence of the disastrous oil spill.

While many organizations are choosing to become as sustainable as possible and gearing up their entire operations to ensure energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction, still others are awakening to the concept of pure cost-saving through energy efficiency. In the wake of the recession there may be some resistance to the thought of adding to the cost of electricity through a carbon tax of some kind or other, but nobody argues that the bottom line could be bolstered through an approach to efficiency across the board.

The Senate energy bill is a major legislative consideration during the second half of 2010 and business leaders must comprehend the movement and understand how it may impact their futures.