Bipartisan Coalition Presses Administration on Energy Efficency

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) (2nd L) speaks as Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) (L), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) (R) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) (3rd L) listen during a news conference on Syria June 27, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The legislators held a news conference on S.1201 and H.R.2494, bills to 'restrict funds related to escalating United States military involvement in Syria.'
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Clare Foran
Nov. 21, 2013, 2:18 a.m.

A bi­par­tis­an co­ali­tion of 117 House mem­bers and 22 sen­at­ors is call­ing on the White House to ex­tend an ex­ec­ut­ive or­der provid­ing for in­creased en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in fed­er­al build­ings.

The co­ali­tion is be­ing led by Reps. Cory Gard­ner, R-Colo. and Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and John Booz­man, R-Ark.

On Wed­nes­day the group sent a let­ter to the White House ask­ing the pres­id­ent to ex­tend a dir­ect­ive is­sued in 2011 for the next five years.

“Audits com­pleted by fed­er­al agen­cies have iden­ti­fied more than $9 bil­lion in achiev­able en­ergy-con­ser­va­tion meas­ures. There is still sub­stan­tial po­ten­tial for achiev­ing more sav­ings, and the suc­cess of the past two years’ ef­fort has cre­ated im­port­ant mo­mentum that should now be con­tin­ued,” the let­ter states.

Gard­ner and Welch in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion in Ju­ly that would dir­ect the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to enter in­to en­ergy sav­ings per­form­ance con­tracts and util­ity en­ergy ser­vice con­tracts to pro­mote en­ergy sav­ings.


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