Energy Efficiency Bill Heads to White House

April 23, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

White houseThe House of Representatives passed S. 535, an energy efficiency bill sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH). This follows Senate passage a few weeks ago. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for his approval, which is highly likely.

The bill includes the following provisions:

  1. Promote commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure;
  2. Establish a voluntary Tenant Star program to promote energy efficiency in rental property; and
  3. Adjust efficiency standards for grid-connected water heaters, so that water heaters needed for demand response and thermal storage programs can continue to be sold.

“Hopefully this is a harbinger of future energy efficiency bills, wrote Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, in a blog posting. “For example, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on April 30 on a broader array of energy efficiency bills, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to hold a similar hearing soon.”

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