Lawmakers introduce efficiency, research bills

Source: Philip Athey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

H.R. 2664, by Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), seeks to reduce the government’s energy bill by removing the current ban on fossil fuel use in government buildings while also requiring tighter efficiency standards.

“The federal government is the single largest consumer of electricity in the United States,” Carter said in a statement. “Unfortunately, current law prohibits common-sense measures to make buildings more efficient and more cost-effective.”

Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas), a co-sponsor on the bill, said the changes would increase the ability of the government to combat climate change and save taxpayers money.

“This bill works to address this problem by creating stronger energy efficiency standards, which results in fewer emissions, and reduces the financial burden of costly energy bills for the federal government and ultimately the American taxpayer,” he said.

H.R. 2665, introduced by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), would authorize a grant program for smart technology to increase the efficiency of water and energy programs.

“It is imperative that we update our water infrastructure to ensure a sustainable water future for our country,” McNerney said in a statement. “Under this bill, a program would be created to develop water, wastewater, and water reuse pilot projects that use less water and energy and incentivize new technology adoption.”

H.R. 2659, introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and co-sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), would require the Department of Energy to run a multiyear research program looking to increase the efficiency of gas turbines. The bill would provide the program with $50 million a year from 2020 to 2024.