Energy Efficiency Bill Passed by Senate

Originally published by: ASHRAEOctober 5, 2012

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The Senate unanimously passed the Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act (H.R.4850). Originating in, and previously passed by the House, this bill was primarily aimed at changing energy efficiency requirements for walk-in cooler or freezer components that meet or exceed energy efficiency goals. The bill was subsequently amended in the Senate by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and now also addresses industrial energy efficiency and federal building energy efficiency.

Specifically, the bill would encourage advanced metering, energy management, and data collection. Significantly, the bill would also allow the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to update projects for which design is substantially completed but construction has not yet begun, to meet federal building energy efficiency standards (e.g., ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010). This would help reduce the number of federal buildings built to out-of-date standards.

Because the bill was amended it must be passed by the House again before going to the President and possibly becoming law. The next opportunity for this to happen is when Congress returns in November from its election season recess.

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