State Energy Conservation Program is Outlined f UNNY BUSINESS By Roger Batten By Harrison Weber (Iowa Daily Press Association) DES MOINES - Teaching lowans to conserve on energy is the top priority of Rod Riggs, director of the state's energy policy council. Without a specific federal energy policy, Riggs is concerned that state energy programs may suffer for lack of public support. The problem facing the council, Riggs continued, "is to enlist public support while an apparent crisis is lacking and to do so without creating a false crisis, which would erode any image of credibility." Consequently Riggs has concluded that the council is left with but one viable and supportable role — continued research and conservation education. Riggs has outlined in a position paper forlhe council his views on where the state should place its emphasis in dealing with the energy dilemma. In a crisis — the most threatening of which would be renewal of the oil embargo — there would be many obvious opportunities for action programs, he observed. Riggs sees the role of the energy policy council of helping "create a climate in which the energy requirements of lowans can be met most efficiently and economically." Toward this end, Riggs. who has been on the job four months, has outlined a conservation program. It starts with the premise that present programs would be continued. For instance, an "energy expo" is scheduled for October. It will include support from those who have a stake in energy conservation, such as architects, builders, utilities and developers of conservation oriented Times Herald, Carroll, ta. Thursday, April 29, 1976 8 systems. Another program is to show how schools can save up to 30 per cent on energy. If this program is successful, the program would be extended to the commercial segment, where more than half the energy now consumed could be cut through programs to cut waste. Riggs wants to expand education programs. "We want to reach out to more people with a positive message on energy conservation, with emphasis on maintenance of the quality of life through reduction of waste of energy resources." He is looking for ways to cooperate with the staff of the state department of public instruction, the extension service and with producers of energy education films: Riggs said he seeks support from other state agencies, in cutting energy use and is also thinking of asking mayors and county" supervisors to designate an "energy manager." The energy policy council would then funnel information to the individual so designated, on the city and county level. The council already has embarked on a program touting energy, efficient appliances. Riggs would like to see the program expanded, from air conditioners, freezers and refrigerators, the appliances for which data now is on hand, to other energy-users in the home. Whether the energy council continues for one year, as originally proposed or three years as some Legislators suggest, Riggs believes its mission should remain the same — "to maintain the 'think tank' atmosphere, to identify problems, develop solutions and initiate action programs in cooperation with other state agencies that eventually would take over the programs." Truckers Will Hold Up on 65-Foot Rigs Astrology RvVAl fnni fv i 'K i- . • ., ...__. ^—' ^9 M ByVALCORLEY Associated Press Writer DES MOINES. Iowa (AP) — The trucking companies have agreed not to start running 65- foot twin-trailer trucks on Iowa highways Saturday, the day the truckers say it will be legal. But if they did. some trucking officials contend Iowa motorists wouldn't know it. "There aren't very many companies that operate twin- trailer operations," said Charles Ingersoll, executive vice president of the Iowa Mo- tor Truck Association "Our list is about 20." Ingersoll said. "That would cover 98 per cent of the carriers that would operate that equipment through Iowa." The Department of Transportation has approved rules to allow the long combination loads on Iowa highways effective May 1. The AAA Motor Club of Iowa has challenged those rules in Scott County District Court. The Transportation Department and Public Safety Department have threatened to stop all 65-foot trucks that enter the state before the court rules on the suit. So the truckers'association has told its members to wait until that ruling, not'expected before mid-May. "Those who come into Iowa and would use 65-foot combinations, most all are members of the Iowa Motor Truck Association." Ingersoll said. • He said it is unlikely that independent truckers will bring in the longer trucks. "They don't operate this combination and they never will,"Ingersoll said. "This is a type of operation , geared for general commodities, for things like television sets. Cargo that is not heavy." he said. Ingersoll said dense commodities, such as meat, livestock and grain, are too heavy. Those commodities would exceed maximum weight limits long before they filled conventional trucks, much less the longer twin-trailers. He said that when the longer trucks are brought into the state, m a n y • o f the conventional ones will no longer be operated in Iowa. "We don't think it will even be noticeable to the general public." Ingersoll said. "Sixty-foot combinations are now legal. We doubt if many people can approach one and tell if it is 60 feet or 65 feet." The truckers, relying on the departmental rule and a legal opinion written by Atty. Gen. 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