President Obama signs energy efficiency bill into law

President Obama today signed into law a number of energy efficiency provisions. The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (HR 6582) is the legislative “vehicle” for such provisions, promoting advanced metering in the federal government; a greater focus at the Department of Energy on deployment of existing manufacturing technologies; improved energy efficiency within federal facilities; and a study on barriers to industrial deployment of electric motors, demand response, and combined heat and power technologies.

These provisions are endorsed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), who worked with like-minded members of Congress toward enacting energy efficiency legislation. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), and Representatives Charlie Bass (R-NH), Jim Matheson (D-UT), and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) were influential in keeping the discussion of energy efficiency front and center, according to NEMA.

Specifically, HR 6582 requires the Department of Energy to:

  • Develop and issue annual best practices report on advanced metering of energy use in federal facilities
  • Establish collaborative research and development partnerships with other programs to support the use of innovative manufacturing processes and to support applied research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of new technologies and processes to improve industrial efficiency
  • Conduct a study, in conjunction with the industrial sector, of the barriers to deployment of industrial efficiency technologies.

The bill also compels certain federal facilities to use a web-based tracking system to publish energy and water consumption data on an individual facility basis and ensures certain technical corrections to lighting efficiency and electric motor provisions in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Click here to download the full version of the bill.

-Bill O’Leary


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