Bipartisan Legislation on Energy Efficiency

Last Updated:
Wed, 2014-09-03 10:03

Here at Everblue we are excited to keep you updated on legislation related to energy efficiency and our nation's energy security policy. Please read the recent news below regarding a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the US Senate that encourages job growth and keeping the U.S. green economy competitive. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 was introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

The residential energy efficiency provisions of the proposed legislation includes:

  • Stronger Energy Codes with the goal of zero energy for new commercial and residential buildings by 2030 
  • Creates a Rural Energy Savings Program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a no interest program to finance energy improvements of homes and repay the loans through utility bills.  
  • Creation of Building Training and Assessment Centers to train engineers, architects, building scientists, and energy code officials in energy efficient design and operation and the training of building technicians.
  • Expansion of U.S. DOE Guaranteed Loan Program that includes building energy retrofit financing

While introducing the legislation Senator Shaheen stated, "To keep our economy competitive, we must be as aggressive as our rivals in adapting to the global economy. Action on our energy policy can't wait for another election, or for a different Senate. And it doesn't have to. A national energy efficiency strategy, like the one we are introducing, can make our economy more competitive, start addressing our nation's energy challenges and create private sector jobs today. It is effective, it is bipartisan, and it is affordable."

Senator Rob Portman the Republican Senator from Ohio commented, "This is a bipartisan effort to advance energy efficiency, one of the quickest and most affordable ways to lower energy costs for employers and consumers. By making it easier for employers to utilize energy efficiency tools, they can reduce costs, enabling them to use the savings to expand their companies and hire new workers. As the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, Ohio's economy will benefit greatly from this pro jobs energy efficiency legislation."

If you are interested in learning more about how you can fit into the green economy and advance our nations security policy, register for a class today or visit our BPI, LEED and RESNET information pages.

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