Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Energy Efficiency

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today announced that their Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 passed the House and is now headed to the President's Desk for signature (Credit: Jeanne Shaheen) Click to Enlarge.
Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) squeaked in a vote early Friday morning on their energy efficiency bill after the Senate ended an hours-long marathon on the budget. 

The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act was passed by voice vote, with the two senators the only two on the floor after 4 a.m. Friday.  The legislation focuses on improving energy efficiency in buildings, while also exempting thermal storage water heaters from upcoming energy standards.

 The senators' move follows a years-long push to get energy legislation passed, with a more expansive bill introduced earlier this month, called the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.  The water heater provision is in both bills.

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