House passes bill to enhance energy efficiency
The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted several bipartisan energy-efficiency provisions of the Shaheen-Portman energy-efficiency bill, paving the way for energy-efficiency measures for industry and the federal government.
The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (HR 6582), which passed by a vote of 398 to 2, is a modified version of the Senate-passed Enabling Energy Savings Innovations Act (HR 4850). Last summer, the House approved HR 4850, amending the measure to include a wider variety of efficiency standards for residential and commercial appliances, and requirements on industrial efficiency and federal government energy management. In September, the Senate unanimously approved the bill.
The bill makes a number of technical corrections to equipment efficiency standards, previously enacted by Congress, to make the program function better. In addition, the bill includes provisions to better coordinate industrial research and development activities among government agencies, reduce barriers to deployment of industrial energy efficiency, promote best practices for advanced metering among government agencies, and improve data collection for federal energy and water management efforts.
At a time that Washington is gridlocked, it is notable that the only energy bill with enough bipartisan support to pass is one that targets energy efficiency," said Steven Nadel, Executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. "This bill is a modest but bipartisan step forward, one we hope the next Congress can build upon."