Environmental Legislation

Clean energy is a hot topic in Congress, and we're looking forward to seeing what kind of environmental legislation gets passed.

Better Buildings Initiative

Mon, 2011-02-07 15:31


The White House plans new initiatives to reduce energy use and utility bills in commercial buildings. The Obama administration seeks to create new tax incentives, provide new mechanisms for funding, and institute generous grant programs to encourage weatherization and energy efficiency retrofits in commercial buildings, hospitals, and universities.

What is the Better Buildings Initiative?

Thu, 2011-02-03 18:05

Earlier today I participated in a White House conference call that provides more details about the President’s newly announced Better Buildings Initiative. This is a pretty exciting program directly tied to innovation, clean energy, energy efficiency, and jobs. Overall, the administration wants this to be a private sector success and not just a government program.

Rockefeller Concedes Efforts to Block EPA

Fri, 2010-12-24 16:35

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has ended his attempt, for now, to postpone impending regulation of green house gas (GHG) emissions from power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has the authority to regulate those pollutants deemed harmful to human health, including GHGs.

President Obama Signs Tax Deal

Wed, 2010-12-22 10:10

President Obama Signs Tax Deal – On December 17th, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. Included in the package were a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy tax provisions that would have expired at the end of this year.

Congress Extends Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes

Fri, 2010-12-17 13:56

Congress Extends Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes and Other Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credits.

After hard work by RESNET and its strategic allies, last night Congress extended the $2,000 federal tax credit for builders who build energy efficient homes. The extension is from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011. The extension was part of a sweeping tax package negotiated by the White House and Republican Congressional leaders.

Energy Legislation Update

Wed, 2010-11-17 10:52

In early September, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) declared climate legislation dead, indicating that the Senate would have to pursue smaller, piecemeal bills. Many bills were quickly introduced, but the Senate left for mid-term campaigning before taking action. With Congress now back in session, a number of these smaller bills, dealing with energy production, tax credits, and energy efficiency, are fighting to make it to the floor before the end of the year.

Recovery Through Retrofit Program

Wed, 2010-11-10 11:02

The goal of the Recovery Through Retrofit Program is to save homeowners money and to create jobs.

This program was born last May when Vice President Biden asked the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to develop a proposal for Federal action that would expand green job opportunities in the United States and boost energy savings by improving home energy efficiency. As a result of Vice President Biden's request, the CEQ facilitated a broad interagency process that resulted in the Recovery Through Retrofit report, which was released last October.

Home Star Energy Update, Fall Recess

Tue, 2010-10-12 15:58

As the U.S. Senate recessed until after the November elections last week, the Home Star legislation is again left unresolved. After breaking, Home Star supporters reached out to Home Star's main sponsors in the Senate to express growing concern. Senators Bingaman (NM-D), Snowe (ME-R) and Warner (VA-D) along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quickly stood behind HOME STAR by publicly calling for the passage of HOME STAR when Congress comes back for a "lame duck" session after the election.

Home Star Energy Bill, Summer Recess Update

Thu, 2010-08-19 16:41

Discussions continue around the Clean Energy Jobs (Home Star) and the Oil Accountability Act which is now being referred to as the "Spill Bill." President Obama, speaking on Monday outside of a battery manufacturer in Wisconsin stressed the need for federal support for clean energy programs. The President stated those clean energy programs will create jobs to help the economy recover and continue to surge ahead.

Home Star Update as Summer Recess Begins

Thu, 2010-08-12 10:30

It has been reported that the Senate would likely vote prior to their summer recess on both the Democratic and Republican proposals for an energy bill. If either the republican or democratic proposal had enough votes to end the debating, the Senate would likely have voted to pass it when they returned from summer recess on September 13th. With time running out in the session, leaders of both parties realized they lacked the 60 votes needed to end debate, so no vote was held.