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House-Passed Energy Bill Includes Significant Measures to Improve Efficiency

(ACEEE blog, 24 Sep 2020) Washington, DC—The energy innovation bill passed by the U.S. House Thursday (H.R. 4447) would make key strides to improve energy efficiency, and the efficiency provisions should be included in any final agreement with the Senate, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) said.

“This bill would deliver real progress in making buildings more efficient and helping the industrial sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said ACEEE executive director Steven Nadel. “The House recognized that one of the best ways to make our homes and buildings more efficient is to help states, cities, and tribes adopt and implement stronger building codes. If you want to reduce costs for households and businesses while combatting climate change, you have to include robust building energy codes in any final deal.”

Provisions helping jurisdictions voluntarily implement stronger building codes, a key part of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act(the energy efficiency bill from Senators Portman (R-OH) and Shaheen (D-NH), and from Reps. Welch (D-VT) and McKinley (R-WV)), were included in the bill passed by the House today, and they are in a proposed bipartisan amendment to a major Senate energy bill.

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ACEEE blog, 24 Sep 2020: House-Passed Energy Bill Includes Significant Measures to Improve Efficiency