a little OT, but today i went to see the progress on a home that a friend of mine is building. they are doing all the finish work themselves. to have a new power poll put in, they had to go to PGE...fair enough, and PGE had to send out a planner. the planner had to go back to the office and make a pole plan. when she came back with the plan, she wanted to put the pole right in the back yard! she also wanted all the wiring from the road to the poll changed from copper to whatever they are now using. they also refused to use the old pole that was in perfect shape and insisted that a new one go in. in addition, a company was called out to see about clearing some trees...which the company refused to do. we pay extra on our bill for PGE to contract with them for this kind of tree work.
fortunately they were able to appeal the plan, but the cost of having ONE power poll put on their property was 1000s of dollars.
then she took me inside. she wanted to show me the 40 dollar fan switches that code requires if you put a fan in your bathroom. the reason? it has to automatically turn off....to save power...the power you pay for....
every place we looked were stupid things that cost them lots of money...because that's what the county required. almost none of them were safety issues, but were "green" issues.
between the permitting process and the inspecting process, they are many months behind schedule. this has cost them 1000's of dollars more. not one delay has been caused by the contractors. every single one has been caused by the county. and....there's not a dang thing that you can do about it.