The City of Energy Efficiency Love: Philadelphia's New Legislation
Philadelphia is a city that has some important pieces of legislation in its storied history (see July 4, 1776) and on June 26th, 2012 the city signed in a new law that would make the founding fathers proud. The city joins a growing list of other cities that have made it mandatory to track and publish energy and water consumption in non-residential, commercial buildings over a certain square footage. In Philly's case, the city has decided to hold the truth to be self evident that not all buildings over 50,000 square feet were created equal, and that some could use retrofits.
The Bill No. 120428, which promises to have the collected data published by June 1, 2013, is modeled after similar bills in New York City, Washington DC, Seattle, Austin and San Francisco, to name a few. Like these other policies, the owners will need to track their WEGO (Water, Electric, Gas, and Oil), as well as create a record of building characteristics. Additionally, the city will track the usage of all government buildings over 10,000 square feet.
Should an owner fail to comply with this new Philadelphia ordinance, they will be subject to one of thphe more severe fines associated with laws of this kind - $300 dollars after 30 days of non-compliance and $100 dollars for each day after. Compare that to New York City's fines of $500 per quarter for non-compliance and you'll find that Philadelphia is taking energy tracking pretty seriously. Take that, Big Apple.
The city will track their energy using the EPA's Energy Star Portofolio Manager program. For more information on what Philly is doing to promote sustainability, energy efficiency and going local, visit the Mayor's Office of Sustainability.