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Energy Efficiency Legislation Expected to Clear First Hurdle in Senate

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S.761/H.R.1616), also known as Shaheen-Portman/McKinley-Welch, is set to pass its first major test in the Senate – an Energy and Natural Resources Committee markup which will occur on Wednesday, May 8th (webcast available here or here).

As previously reported, this bipartisan bill is one of the leading building energy efficiency bills in Congress, and has broad support by the building community.

During the markup, amendments will be offered to the bill and voted on. Of the possible amendments that could be offered, we are aware that the sponsors of the bill (Senators Shaheen and Portman) will submit a friendly amendment on industrial workforce skills training that will likely be adopted. Several other proposals and concept language have been circulating, and may also be offered by other Senators during the markup.

Following the reintroduction of S.761, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on this bill in late April at which Dr. Kathleen Hogan, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, testified. The archived webcast of that hearing can be viewed here.

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

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