The increasing global population places high demands on our sources of energy: electricity, oil, natural gas, and hydropower. Throughout recent history, governments have had to intervene to ensure the continued availability of these needed resources for human survival and well-being. Find out some more at www.electricitycompaniestexas.com/. Interestingly, government regulations, on these sources of energy, affect our everyday lives. Federal, state, and local governments all play a role in regulating energy. This article will touch on electricity and gas.
One of the most regulated forms of energy is Electricity. On the macro level, government regulates prices to protect and guard consumers against unfair pricing or price fixing from energy suppliers. To protect public safety and welfare, Electricity supplier’s safety programs are regulated by the state governments.
Manufacturers that produce small and large appliances must manufacture products that meet certain energy consumption (BTU) regulations, which results in a reduction in the overall “pull” on electricity power-grids. On the consumer level, (the micro-level) probably the most recent, seemingly small, regulation that affects us is the switch to fluorescent light bulbs. It is becoming more difficult to find a traditional 40, 60, or 75 watt light bulb, as suppliers and retailers are required to produce and sell the new energy efficient bulbs.
Our automobiles are another source of many government regulations. From auto manufacturers having to reduce environmentally harmful exhaust emissions, to buying gas at the pump. Regulations are everywhere. The Department of Transportation continues to regulate the safety programs for natural gas pipelines once gas starts flowing. Auto manufacturers have been under the watchful eye of environmental protection groups as well as the federal government in order to increase accountability for exhaust emissions that are harmful to the environment. Thus, regulations are in place to ensure the manufacture of automobiles that emit fewer harmful emissions. Regulations protect the consumer by implementing a standard of weights and measures at the gas pump; thus, assuring the consumer that they receive the number of gallons of gasoline that are paid for. And the supplier is protected by regulations and laws, bringing this source of energy full-circle, stating that they will be compensated for the gallons of gasoline that is purchased.
This article is a broad generalization of how government regulates a couple of our energy sources. The public places a large degree of blind faith in these regulations – especially at the gas pump. How many people actually know how much a gallon of gas weighs or even attempts to verify that “X” gallons pumped? WE pump and WE pay – no questions asked. We turn our light switches on and Expect light. The truth is, we Expect and we Trust government regulations. They serve our “I want it now” society.