Early DST: No Compound Interest For These Savings

By April 3, 2007Energy

Thought upon awakening yesterday: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.* Must have been a technical glitch caused by the early start to Daylight Saving Time.

Three weeks after the new DST kicked in (previous blog post here), we have preliminary results of whether the shift saved energy or not, the stated reason for extending Daylight Saving Time. From Reuters:

But other than forcing millions of drowsy American workers and school children into the dark, wintry weather three weeks early, the move appears to have had little impact on power usage.

“We haven’t seen any measurable impact,” said Jason Cuevas, spokesman for Southern Co., one of the nation’s largest power companies, echoing comments from several large utilities.

Congress will study the value of an early DST, but in any case, all this playing around with the clocks seems to miss the big point about energy security: The nation and its manufacturers need access to affordable and reliable suppies of energy, a goal that can be achieved only through a comprehensive strategy — like the NAM’s — that focuses on supply as well as conservation. Nuclear power, coal and clean coal, natural gas, petroleum and alternative fuels must all be developed, with no one segment being artificially favored. Spring forward, if you must, but let’s not pretend it means much in the greater scheme of energy things.

*Thirteen-thirty, Newfoundland time.