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Congress Moves Forward on Energy Efficiency

Sunday, August 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
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By ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel
Congress is now on its summer recess, but just before leaving, the Senate made the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) the official order of business on the Senate floor upon the members' return on September 9th. The bill was drafted by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) and contains useful provisions on building codes, industrial energy efficiency, and efficiency improvements to federal facilities. Dozens of amendments (many with bipartisan sponsors) are expected, and will address such topics as energy efficiency and mortgage underwriting rules, voluntary efficiency programs for leased buildings, and energy efficiency in schools and data centers. Some other more controversial amendments may also be introduced, such as amendments addressing President Obama's climate plan and the Keystone pipeline---these latter amendments are mostly political statements, and if they get a vote, are unlikely to pass. ACEEE is currently preparing an analysis of the bill and likely amendments. This analysis will be released on September 4th, just before Congress returns on the 9th... 
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