House Introduces Bill to Promote Energy Efficiency Among Federal Agencies

February 19, 2014

House Introduces Bill to Promote Energy Efficiency Among Federal Agencies

On November 21, 2013, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with co-sponsors Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), introduced the “Utility Energy Services Contracts Improvement Act of 2013” (H.R. 3587). If enacted, this bill would encourage federal agencies to reduce energy consumption through the use of utility energy service contracts (UESCs), which allow agencies to negotiate contracts with utility companies that provide for retrofits and other energy saving upgrades that result in more energy efficient practices and reduce agency spending. In order to promote the use of UESCs, the bill would amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to clarify that agencies are permitted to enter into long-term UESCs lasting up to 25 years. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 






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