Legislative Moves in DC, PA, NV

Three legislative moves of note were made during the past week. In each case, the proposed legislation is still working its way towards completion, though each took significant steps toward that goal.

In Washington, The Energy Efficient Government Technology Act (HR 306) was approved unanimously and moves to the Senate. The bill, according to BusinessSolutions, requires:

  • “Several” federal agencies to coordinate development and implementation strategy for maintenance, purchase and use of energy efficient and energy-saving technology for datacenters;
  • The Office of Management and Budget must track and report on each agency’s progress;
  • The Department of Energy (DoE) must help share best practices and support for innovation and “develop a metric that measures data center energy efficiency.”

The bill was sponsored by Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

In Pennsylvania, State Senator John Blake (D-Archbald) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pittsburgh) are advocating Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing legislation. PACE financing, which is in use in several states, enables loans for solar panels, LED retrofits, HVAC and other energy efficient projects to be financed via a line item on the property owner’s tax bill. The story says that both county economic authorities and municipalities could set up PACE programs in their areas.

The story suggests that there is support across the state. The bill goes to the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee. The chairman, Mario Scavello (R-Mount Pocono) is said in the story to be a strong supporter in the story.

Finally, Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman (District 1) has introduced legislation that would assess the feasibility and potential expansion of geothermal energy, according to KOLO.

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