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ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, 6/5/2015

Federal Activities

  • Draft Energy Efficiency Legislation Examined at House Hearing
  • High Performance Building Week is June 8 – 12!
  • U.S. Dept. of Energy Issues Notice on the Availability of Draft Proposals, Analysis, Related Events for 2018 IECC
  • DOE Announces Meetings of Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Working Group
  • DOE’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee to Meet on June 17
  • DOE Holds Better Buildings Summit
  • WISE Internship Begins!

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities

  • Grassroots Government Activities Committee and Advocacy Committee to Merge on July 1
  • Illinois Legislature Fails to Approve State Budget – Adjournment Delayed
  • Six More States Adjourn Legislatures

Federal Activities

For additional information on federal issues, please contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE’s Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs, at [email protected].

Draft Energy Efficiency Legislation Examined at House Hearing

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing this week to further examine the energy efficiency provisions contained in Title IV of Committee Chairman Fred Upton’s (R-MI-6) draft comprehensive energy bill. The event was essentially a continuation of a prior hearing on April 30, for which ASHRAE submitted testimony that was included in the Committee’s official record.

This week’s hearing featured testimony from Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at DOE. Dr. Hogan’s remarks included a discussion of DOE’s role in the development, state adoption, and implementation of the model building energy codes. During the question phase from Members of Congress, Dr. Hogan expressed support for DOE providing technical assistance to states and model code development organizations on a variety of payback periods and methodologies, including 10-year simple payback and lifecycle cost analysis.

Full information on the June 3 – 4 hearing, including an archived webcast, witness testimony, and the draft comprehensive energy legislation, can be found at http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/discussion-draft-accountability-and-department-energy-perspectives-title-iv-energy

Full information on the April 30 hearing is available at http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/strategic-petroleum-reserve-discussion-draft-and-title-iv-energy-efficiency

ASHRAE’s official submitted testimony can be found under “Letters and Testimony” at https://www.ashrae.org/government-affairs/public-policy-issue-briefs-letters--testimony

 

High Performance Building Week is June 8 – 12!

High Performance Building Week (HPB Week) is an annual celebration of high performing buildings intended to educate Members of Congress and their staff on the myriad benefits of high performance buildings.

Organized by the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), a coalition of more than 200 stakeholder organizations, the 2015 HPB Week is June 8 – 12. This year’s events include a congressional reception, in-depth roundtable discussion of high performance building issues and legislation, an unveiling of the HPBCCC’s Policy Committee policy priorities, and a congressional briefing on high performance buildings.

The final agenda of events is available at http://www.hpbccc.org/hpb2015week.php.

 

U.S. Dept. of Energy Issues Notice on the Availability of Draft Proposals, Analysis, Related Events for 2018 IECC

DOE has issued an announcement that builds upon its previous notice in identifying several events surrounding development of DOE proposals for the 2018 IECC, including the availability of draft proposals and supporting analysis, as well as upcoming stakeholder meetings.

Full information, including where to view proposals and related information is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/01/2015-13103/doe-proposals-for-the-2018-international-energy-conservation-code-iecc

 

DOE Announces Meetings of Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Working Group

DOE will hold a series of meetings of the Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Working Group. The meetings will be held both in-person in Washington, DC and available via webinar on:

June 11-12, 2015

July 15-16, 2015

August 11-12, 2015

August 18-19, 2015

Full information, including how to register for the webinars, is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/01/2015-13139/miscellaneous-refrigeration-products-working-group-notice-of-open-meetings-and-webinar

 

DOE’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee to Meet on June 17

DOE’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) will hold a meeting on June 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.. The purpose of this meeting is to provide advice and recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy on the development of standards and test procedures for residential appliances and commercial equipment.

Full information is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/01/2015-13101/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-open-meeting-and-webinar

 

DOE Holds Better Buildings Summit

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy held its Better Buildings Summit that brought together several hundred leading organizations and governmental entities for in-depth discussions on energy efficiency and green buildings in several areas, including: public, residential, multifamily, and commercial buildings; data centers; and industrial facilities.

Full information on the Summit is available at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/summit/

 

WISE Internship Begins!

The 2015 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program has begun! Founded in 1980, the WISE program is a collaborative of seven engineering societies (including ASHRAE) that brings approximately 14 college engineering students to Washington, DC for nine weeks for an in-depth study of the intersection between engineering and public policy at the federal level. ASHRAE serves as the chair of this program.

ASHRAE’s 2015 WISE intern is Noah Rauschkolb, who is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in mechanical engineering. Noah is in the process of writing a research paper focusing on how federal public policy can be used to improve the energy efficiency of multifamily buildings for low-income families.

Full information on the WISE program is available at http://www.wise-intern.org/

  

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities

For additional information on state, local, and international government affairs, please contact Jim Scarborough, ASHRAE’s Manager of Grassroots Government Affairs, at [email protected].

Grassroots Government Activities Committee and Advocacy Committee to Merge on July 1

The Advocacy Committee and Grassroots Government Activities Committee will merge officially on July 1. The merger of these two committees into the Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee, approved by the ASHRAE BOD, will bring all of the Society’s government affairs work under one umbrella. The Committee, which must be chaired by a Presidential Member, will be led this coming Society year by William Bahnfleth, ASHRAE President 2013-14. The new committee has many similarities with the current GGAC, particularly with 14 Regional Vice Chairs as members. Joining the Committee will be the Chairs of all three standing Councils, providing a direct conduit between government advocacy and all the work of ASHRAE. With this change of title at the Society level comes a change in the name of the GGACs at the Chapter level as well so all Chapters should begin using the new name in Society Year 2015-16. This is also a good time to remind all Chapters to appoint a GGAC Chair for the Chapter as the new Society year begins. If Chapters need information regarding tasks and duties for GGAC at the local level, please contact Jim Scarborough at [email protected]

 

Illinois Legislature Fails to Approve State Budget – Adjournment Delayed

The Illinois legislature, which was to have adjourned by May 31, failed to pass a budget that could survive a gubernatorial veto. With the adjournment deadline passing, super-majorities will now be required to pass any legislation in that body. Lawmakers will meet intermittently through the summer to seek a solution to the budget impasse.  However, significant progress was made on protecting the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) programs required by the Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). Full funding for EEPS is included in the budget, which is now stalled while legislators work to reach a compromise on the legislation. 

 

Six More States Adjourn Legislatures

Lawmakers in six additional states concluded their legislative sessions and adjourned for the year. Joining the list of states who have already adjourned are Connecticut, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. In a later edition of the Update, a more comprehensive list of energy legislation from the states will be featured that will highlight accomplishments as well as challenges across the United States from the 2015 legislative season.  

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