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Madison may require buildings to report energy use

 
Posted December 19th, 2013 @ 12:08pm by Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Madison officials are considering requiring owners of large commercial and apartment buildings to publicly report their energy use.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the proposal would require owners to enter data into U.S. Environmental Protection Agency software that creates a score based on energy performance.

Failure to comply would result in fines from $50 to $250 a day.

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and others oppose the proposal, saying education efforts are fine but forcing owners to publicly report energy use is cumbersome, costly and ineffective.

The city's Economic Development Committee delayed a decision Wednesday to gather more input. It is expected to take it up again next month, and the full council is expected to make a decision in February.

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