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Energy Efficiency

When will Congress wake up to the fact that HUD is wasting money on energy costs?
HUD spends billions on inefficient buildings.  That money could be used to meet the affordable housing gap...but instead it goes to utility companies.

Congress could mandate and incentivize energy savings measures in multifamily housing...but so far no action.
  • S. 761: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 would encourage energy savings in commercial and residential buildings and stimulate innovation in the area of energy conservation.   see one page summary attached below and find the details at:

 What's happening?

5/5/14: Is the time finally right for Portman's energy efficiency bill? The Ohio senator says yes, but amendments may be the key. Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is sounding increasingly confident that an energy efficiency bill that stalled in the Senate last year will get somewhere this week. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the potentially bipartisan outcome – or something that may run it aground.

5/3/14  Heritage Action is urging Senate Republicans vote against an energy efficiency bill that Senator Rob Portman has co-sponsored with Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Heritage complained that "the bill provides taxpayer-funded federal incentives to make building and manufacturing processes more efficient, but these 'incentives' would burden taxpayers and consumers alike while producing no tangible benefits. They are also duplicative of federal and state efforts."

3/15/14  House passes bill on energy efficiency  The House passed a bipartisan package on Wednesday intended to up energy efficiency in homes and federal agencies.  The legislation, authored by Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.), aims to boost energy conservation with a program called Tenant Star, which provides incentives to landlords and tenants who up their energy savings.  Welch's bill overlaps with the Senate's energy efficiency bill, co-authored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).  Welch believes the passage of the energy-efficiency package in the House "provides a clear path to conference," with the Shaheen-Portman efficiency legislation, according to an aide.  Shaheen and Portman reintroduced a new, refined bill last week, after an earlier version stalled in September, when debates about the Affordable Care Act and the Keystone XL pipeline sidetracked the legislation.  "With energy efficiency, we have the fastest, most cost-effective way to address our energy needs, all the while creating jobs and growing our economy," Shaheen said in a statement following passage of the House bill on Wednesday. "I'm eager to build on the bipartisan momentum from the House and work with my colleagues in the Senate to pass my energy-efficiency bill with Senator Portman."   Read more

Notes & Links

Read Up the Chimney to learn more about HUD's cost burden from inefficient buildings - appended at the bottom of this page.

Spencer Wells,
May 5, 2014, 3:47 AM
Spencer Wells,
Jul 21, 2014, 4:33 AM