Bipartisan Support for Energy Efficiency

Tue, 2012-12-18 09:49

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that takes steps toward energy efficiency in the United States. The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6582) modifies legislation that passed through the Senate last month and will soon return to the Senate for final approval. The bill focuses on a variety of technical corrections to equipment efficiency standards previously enacted by Congress, helping to improve program functionality. Moreover, the bill includes provisions to better coordinate industrial research and development activities among numerous government agencies, promote best practices for advanced metering among government agencies, and improve data collection for federal water management and energy efforts.

Ultimately, the House passed the bill as a result of negotiations between Republican and Democratic representatives, building upon a bill originally introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL). The bill comes after two previous pieces of legislation that passed with strong bipartisan support by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. These include the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000), introduced by Senators Jean Shaheen (D-NH) and Robert Portman (R-OH), and the Implementation of Natural Consensus Appliance Agreement Act (S. 398) introduced by Energy Committee Chair Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).

“At a time that Washington is grid-locked, it is notable that the only energy bill with enough bipartisan support to pass is the one that targets energy efficiency,” noted 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.”

By Peter J. Bock

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