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On The Road Again?
Ted Flanigan at Green Building Conference with Bharat Patel, USGBC-LA Chapter Chair, and David Stevens, The Gas Company.
This week’s big news was that oil prices topped $70 a barrel. Gasoline is over $3 a gallon in many areas, notably here in Los Angeles. Sure, geopolitical tensions, reduced output in Nigeria, reduced refining capacity, summer formulae -- the works, and we’ve finally arrived at the prices that Stobaugh and Yergin predicted in their seminal piece, Energy Future, published in 1979.
Help me out here: I read this week about retirees ditching their homes, buying opulent RVs and then paying huge prices for pads in RV resorts. One of the new RV parks sets a 45 foot minimum length for prospective pad buyers! Are Americans in complete petroleum denial?
“Let’s hit the road America -- or not.” Aren’t gas prices going up? Isn’t the hand-writing on the wall? No. Luxury RVs are not only growing in size but they are loaded with price tags up to $2 million! And they’re selling like hot cakes. Are Americans completely inelastic to gasoline prices?
Now here’s the kicker: According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the really high-end RVs represent the fastest growing segment of the RV market. Some of the high-end rigs come complete with quieter diesel engines, high speed Internet, satellite television, washing machines, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, and built-in garages for motorcycles. One mobile home owner boasted marble floors and no less than six televisions.
So what’s up with that?
Municipal Green Building Conference:
This past week EcoMotion’s President, Ted Flanigan, gave a presentation at the 5th Annual Municipal Green Building Expo in Downey, California on “Fueling Our Energy Future: Just What is Conventional?”
Just how long does conventional stay conventional, and just how long does it take for a new thing – like wind turbines in the Copenhagen harbor or energy independence in Santa Monica – to become conventional and a source of community pride?
Southern California Edison:
EcoMotion is pleased to announce that in a competitive solicitation it has been selected by Southern California Edison to provide engineering and analytical professional services in support of energy efficiency program planning and operations. This strengthens EcoMotion’s consulting role by providing Edison with a swat team to support Edison’s Customer Service Business Unit.
Ted Flanigan is serving as meeting facilitator for initial scoping meetings of the newly approved Community Energy Independence Initiative (CEII) and, working with the EcoMotion team, has developed the draft Strategic Plan for the Two-Year Demonstration Project that Council approved in mid- March. Stay tuned for more details on this historic “energy freedom” endeavor.