House to Release Home Star Bill

Tue, 2010-04-13 14:40

National Save Energy CoalitionHere's the latest from the National Save Energy Coaltion.  Pat Roche is calling the energy auditor and energy efficiency industry to action to ensure that the Home Star bill and other energy efficiency measures get attention and actually make it through Congress. 

1. Call to Action! The Kerry, Graham, Lieberman (KGL) climate bill is in its final stages, but decisions are still being made as to how the bill will allocate revenue from emissions allowances. Our partners in the efficiency industry expect that as currently written, KGL would NOT allow state Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) to use their utility allowance value for energy efficiency. One of the most effective ways to support energy efficiency programs, and the only way to allow PUCs to invest allowance revenue in efficiency, is to require that local distribution companies (LDCs) invest a minimum portion of their free allowances into consumer efficiency programs. Your help is needed today and tomorrow.

MA, CT, and SC businesses: please call and email Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman’s offices today and tell them to support 1/3 for EE in the gas & electric utility allocation to create jobs and save money.  

All other states: please ask your Senators to call KGL and push for 1/3 or 1/4 for EE in the gas & electric utility allocation to ensure EE is not prohibited. KGL claim they haven’t heard from enough members on this

Contact info: at and use drop down menu to find your state. Talking Points attached.

2. Preparing for a Federal Climate Bill: Opportunities and Challenges

When: Thursday April 15th, from 1-1:45 PM EDT

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Major climate legislation is expected to be released on Earth Day, April 22nd, from Senators Kerry (D-MA), Graham (R-SC), and Lieberman (I-CT). Preliminary information about the structure of their legislation are available, and the system for carbon regulation looks drastically different from the climate bill introduced by Senators Kerry and Boxer (D-CA) in the fall of 2009. As a result, the bill would direct significantly less funding towards energy efficiency than either the House climate bill (American Clean Energy and Security Act) or the previous Kerry-Boxer bill. The clean energy industry has a limited window of time in which to improve this bill. Join us on the webinar as we discuss the upcoming proposal, two additional climate bills from Senators Cantwell and Collins and Senator Lugar, and how we can collectively impact the debate. Full invite w/ agenda and speakers list here.

3. House to Unveil Home Star Bill: On Wednesday, April 14, Rep. Welch (D-VT) and Chairman Markey (D-MA) will introduce the House version of the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, along with cosponsors Rep. Ehlers (R-MI) and Rep. Cardoza (D-CA). Home Star will now have bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, and the Home Star Coalition is actively working to recruit more Republican sponsors. The Reps will release the bill at a press conference at 1 PM eastern near the House Triangle, and they will also elaborate on the plan for House passage. 

Resources for Action – Our most recent Home Star webinar is available on our home page, and we also have state-specific information on our Take Action page to help you get in touch with your Senator. These include pre-written emails, faxes, and phone call talking points. We also have recordings of our 4 climate and energy webinars and our first Home Star webinar on our Resources page.