SSOE Group

2007 Energy Bill Survey Results

Based on your understanding of the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007” do you feel it is?
Too aggressive
10.6%
Not aggressive enough
38.1%
A good compromise
34.0%
I don’t know
17.4%
 
If successful, what will be the most critical outcome of the energy bill?
Energy savings through improved standards for appliances and lighting
15.1%
Increasing the use of renewable transportation fuels such as biofuels
36.2%
Increasing the fuel efficiency of vehicles
48.7%
 
What do you think will be the most difficult initiative in the energy bill to achieve? 
Meeting new energy efficiency standards for consumer products and appliances (light bulbs, refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, etc.)
16.1%
Meeting new fuel economy standards for vehicles (average fleet standard of 35 mpg by 2020)
35.0%
Increasing the annual use of biofuels (36 billion gallons by 2022)
48.8%
 
How will the energy bill change the way your company does business? Please check all that apply.
It will not change the way my company does business
20.7%
It will change our product line
12.0%
It will change our production process
8.7%
It will change the facilities we build
32.6%
It will increase the prices we pay our suppliers
25.6%
It will lower our energy consumption
37.2%
It will increase our capital spending
21.5%
It will increase our operating costs
28.5%
It will decrease our operating costs
18.6%
It will change the features of our product that we market
20.7%
 
Would your company be taking equivalent sustainability measures even if they weren’t mandated?
Yes
47.2%
No
16.7%
We intend to go further than the mandates dictate
5.3%
We will meet mandates prior to the deadline
6.5%
Not applicable
24.4%
 
Overall,how will the requirements of the 2007 Energy Bill impact your company? Please check all that apply.
Positively, we sell a product or service that will benefit from the legislation in the energy bill
29.1%
Positively, we are voluntarily implementing progressive energy policies. Requiring our competition to do the same will make us more financially competitive.
16.5%
Positively, doing the right thing always turns out well in the long run.
35.9%
Negatively, my company sells a product or service that will be hurt by the legislation in the energy bill.
7.2%
Negatively, implementing the mandates of the energy bill will be costly and will hurt our competitive position or profitability
5.1%
Negatively, legislating American companies to meet these mandates will hurt my competitive position in the international economy
5.5%
Neither, the mandates of the energy bill will not impact my company.
8.0%
I don’t know how the mandates of the energy bill will impact my company.
28.3%
Other
3.8%
 
Does your company plan to take advantage of the tax incentives or grants that the bill offers? 
Yes
19.7%
No
13.4%
I don’t know
66.8%
 
Please choose the industry in which you currently work
Alternative energy
4.7%
Automotive
11.7%
Beverage
2.0%
Biofuels
5.1%
Chemical
7.0%
Civil / infrastructure
5.1%
Commercial
9.0%
Consultant
22.7%
Contractor
9.0%
Developer
2.7%
Energy
6.3%
Food
6.6%
Glass
3.1%
Healthcare
5.9%
Higher education
3.5%
K-12 education
4.3%
Manufacturing
11.7%
Media
3.1%
Personal / household care
2.7%
Pharmaceutical
2.7%
Pipeline / terminals
3.1%
Retail
5.5%
Science & technology
6.6%
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