Amanda Gassé for Zondits, May 1, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures
On Thursday, President Obama signed the Energy Efficiency Act of 2015, surrounded by a group of bipartisan lawmakers. The bill passed in the Senate in March by unanimous consent and in the House on a voice vote in April. The passage of this law notes a breakthrough in the gridlock that prevented the passing of previous energy legislation in Congress.
What we’ve seen is a coming together of Republicans and Democrats who are going to facilitate us being much smarter in terms of building buildings, how we use energy and, as a consequence, we’re going to save money for consumers, we’re going to save money for businesses, and we’re going to deal with issues like climate change that have an enormous economic and health impact on Americans as a whole, Obama remarked before signing the bill, according to the White House.
There are three major components to the bill. The first is a program, Tenant Star, which aims to encourage energy efficiency in apartments. Tenant Star will be similar to ENERGY STAR by providing incentives to landlords and tenants to cut their energy use. The second provision of the bill modifies Energy Department regulations for grid-enabled water heaters. The third component of the bill is designed to provide incentives to reduce energy usage in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants. The Energy Efficiency Act of 2015 aims to save energy, reduce carbon emissions, and increase economic development.
Obama signs energy efficiency bill into law
The Hill, April 30, 2015
President Obama on Thursday signed into law a measure that is intended to improve energy efficiency in buildings and stop efficiency rules for certain water heaters.
The measure had strong bipartisan support and easily passed the Senate in March and the House in April.
It creates new voluntary building efficiency standards and exempts certain grid-enabled water heaters from efficiency regulations.