Added Legislative Push Toward Energy Efficiency

The Better Buildings Act: Introduced by Representatives David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and Peter Welch (R-Vt.), this bill would facilitate better alignment, cooperation, and best practices between commercial real estate landlords and tenants regarding energy efficiency in buildings.

Residential Energy and Economic Savings Act: Sponsored by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), the bill would establish a grant program to assist retail power providers with the establishment and operation of energy conservation programs using targeted residential tree-planting, and for other purposes.

The Alliance to Save Energy says it looks forward to further progress.

“We emphatically support the call for enhancing appliance standards, developing heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy standards, strengthening federal building efficiency, expanding the Better Buildings Challenge, and renewing emphasis on efficiency through USDA and HUD programs,” it said in a statement. “If we can achieve this goal, the U.S. can cut carbon emissions by a third below 2005 levels and reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide by about one half.”

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