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Government Affairs Update 2-27-17

  • GGAC Creates New Flyer, Posters for Use with Government Officials
  • High Performance Buildings Coalition Congressional Reception on March 1st
  • The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Portman-Shaheen) Reintroduced in Congress
  • US House Bill Introduced to Terminate Environmental Protection Agency
  GGAC Creates New Flyer, Posters for Use with Government Officials A new brochure for use with elected and appointed government officials, along with several posters, are now posted on the GGAC website. These general information documents provide initial information on ASHRAE, who we are and what we do. The brochure and posters can be found here. Once there, scroll down to the section "Government Affairs Brochures" and look for Government Advocacy Flyer. The posters can be found at “Government Advocacy Posters.” 
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 High Performance Building Coalition Congressional Reception on March 1st The Annual HPBC Reception and Hill Day will take place on Wednesday March 1, 2017. The Caucus leadership, Hill Staff and our industry colleagues will officially welcome the 115th Congress. Other details will be forthcoming as soon as they are confirmed.
WHAT: HPBC Congressional Welcome Reception 
WHEN: Wednesday, March 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm 
WHERE: 101 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 600W, Washington, DC 20001.  The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Portman-Shaheen) Reintroduced in Congress 

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, more commonly known as Portman-Shaheen after its two Senate sponsors, was reintroduced into the US Congress on February 15. The bipartisan bill (S. 385) specifically promotes the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the US economy. The bill uses a variety of low-cost tools to make it easier for private sector energy users to become more efficient while also making the country’s largest energy user – the federal government – more efficient. The bill incentivizes the use of efficiency technologies that are commercially available today, can be widely deployed across the country, and quickly pay for themselves through energy savings.

The Portman-Shaheen bill enjoys strong bipartisan support along with the endorsement of various business coalitions, environmental groups, and labor. The bill will help speed the transition to a more energy efficient economy, increasing both our economic competitiveness and our energy security for the coming decades, while driving economic growth and encouraging private sector job creation.

  US House Bill Introduced to Terminate Environmental Protection Agency Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) has introduced House Bill 861, which would terminate the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Representative Gaetz, a first-term Member of Congress from Hollywood, FL, introduced this bill on February 3. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Click here for more information.

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