The 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:
- Promote commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure;
- Establish a voluntary Tenant Star program to promote energy efficiency in rental property; and
- 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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