The Alliance to Save Energy works aggressively for the passage of federal energy efficiency legislation, and is currently focusing on the priorities below.
Sponsored by Senators Shaheen and Portman, this bipartisan bill would apply practical, cost-effective measures to address energy consumption, and spur private sector adoption of energy efficiency technologies across the residential, commercial, and industrial segments of the economy.
Inspired by the Commission’s Energy 2030 recommendations, Senators Warner, Manchin, and Tester introduced the Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge, which would create a national energy productivity competition, as an amendment to Shaheen-Portman. DOE would award competitive grants to states based on their energy efficiency proposals and projects, allowing states to develop the energy savings plans that best fit their unique geographical and economic needs.
The common-sense, bipartisan Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act, introduced by Senators Bennet and Isakson, would improve the accuracy of mortgage underwriting by federal mortgage agencies by including energy efficiency as a factor in determining the value and affordability of a home.
The Better Buildings Act was introduced by Senators Bennet and Ayotte, and by Representatives McKinley and Welch on the House side. This legislation would advance a voluntary, market-driven approach to align the interests of commercial building owners and their tenants to reduce energy consumption, establishing a TENANT STAR program within ENERGY STAR.
Adequate funding is critical for implementing successful energy efficiency policies with long-term savings. For Fiscal Year 2014, the Alliance supports robust investments for the research & development and critical deployment projects at the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Office under DOE, the ENERGY STAR program at EPA and DOE, and implementing and enforcing standards, among other programs.
The current unreliable, inconsistent approach of extending tax incentives for just one year at a time can make it difficult for homeowners and businesses to plan ahead and justify future expenditures on energy efficiency. The Alliance supports the extension of currently available tax incentives for a period of time sufficient to ensure reliability and sustainability in the marketplace.