Senators reintroduce energy efficiency bill
Originally published April 23, 2013
Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, reintroduced their bill to promote energy efficiency, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act. The bill, which focuses on industrial and federal agency efficiency, is supported by a broad range of industry groups (including APPA), energy efficiency advocates and environmental organizations.
A similar bill passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the 112th Congress with broad bipartisan support, but drew fire for a provision expanding a Department of Energy loan program. The new version eliminates that provision. Shaheen said the bill "uses a variety of low-cost tools to reduce barriers for private sector energy users and will drive adoption of off-the-shelf efficiency technologies among the largest energy consumers."
The bill would strengthen national model building codes; create a "Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Financing Initiative" to promote building efficiency upgrades and renovations; establish university-based "Building Training and Research Assessment Centers"; and direct the Energy Department to work with the private sector to encourage research and development of energy-efficient technology and processes for industrial applications.
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