WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- IEEE-USA commends Congress for passing legislation this week to improve energy efficiency in the United States.
The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 contains key provisions that are designed to reduce pollution, save consumers money and strengthen the economy. The legislation:
- Establishes best practices for tenants renting space in commercial buildings to reduce energy consumption & creates a new Tenant Star certification program modeled after the Energy Star program
- Exempts certain electric-resistance water heaters used for demand response from pending Department of Energy regulation
- Requires federally leased buildings without Energy Star labels to benchmark & disclose their energy usage data, where practical
The bill, introduced by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), passed the Senate in March. The House followed suit this week; it now goes to President Obama for his signature.
"IEEE-USA views the pursuit of energy efficiency, in all sectors of the economy, as an essential element to achieve energy security and economic growth," said Russ Harrison, IEEE-USA government relations director. "We are pleased that Congress has passed this common-sense, bipartisan energy efficiency measure and look forward to it being signed into law."
IEEE-USA defines energy efficiency as "the ability to provide the same or better product or service, using less energy." It is a principal building block of the comprehensive IEEE-USA National Energy Policy Recommendations.
For the full text of the bill, see https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/535/text.
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SOURCE IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)