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week President Obama
signed into law the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015.The law is intended to reduce energy
requirements in commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities and residential
structures.The law improves building
codes, provides assistance to manufactures to achieve energy efficiency and
paves the way for conservation activities by federal agencies. It is the closest thing the United States has
to an energy policy…..so far.
took years to get this small piece of energy policy through Congress.Indeed, at one point in its convoluted travels
through the House of Representatives and Senate, several of the bill's Republican
sponsors actually filibustered against it. First, there was some sort of crazed
attempt to protect the Keystone XL pipeline.
Then, additional delays resulted from attempts to add amendments that would
enable exports of natural gas and others that would have reduced the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate future power plants.
legislation was widely supported by the utility industry.Both the Natural Resources Defense Council and
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were early advocates.Such support bodes well for the success of
of the reason the bill was well received is the voluntary and market-driven
character.Title I of the law providers
for voluntary approach to reducing energy use in commercial buildings. Title III of the act requires federally-leased
building without Energy Star labels to benchmark and disclose energy usage
Portman and Shaheen, who had sponsored the Energy Efficiency bill have also put
forth the Energy Savings
and Industrial Competitiveness Act.It was sent to a congressional committee in
early March 2015. It would establish a
national strategy for energy efficiency with a model building code.It would also promote energy-efficient supply
chains for companies with the federal government agencies leading the way and
support energy efficiency in schools. The legislation is projected to create 192,000
jobs and save $16 billion annually in energy use as well as reduce carbon
dioxide emissions by 95 million tons within the next fifteen years.
investors the legislation may not seem important.However, an unexpected consequence of this
law might be in creating a standards-based approach to energy efficiency.With all business aiming at the same target,
it creates some production and marketing efficiencies.I
expect more innovators to be encouraged to invest in products and processes
that might otherwise have been thought uneconomic. Interestingly, the legislation does not rely
on penalties or punishments.It simply
promotes market forces and competition.I
also expect this to lubricate interest in bringing efficiency products to the
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