Welch bills boost energy efficiency and clean energy to create long-term and sustainable emissions reductions.
Vermont Business Magazine Nine bills to boost energy efficiency and promote clean energy authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) were included in the comprehensive congressional climate action framework unveiled on Tuesday by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Select Committee’s climate action framework outlines ambitious and achievable policies to grow our economy and put Americans back to work in clean energy jobs, protect the health of all families, make sure our communities and farmers can withstand the impacts of climate change, and protect America’s land and water for the next generation.
“The Select Committee’s report clearly lays out the massive challenge in front of us to combat the urgent threat of climate change and protect our planet for future generations,” said Welch. “Energy efficiency and clean energy technology are a key part of any comprehensive plan to put America on a path to net-zero carbon pollution. Energy efficiency and clean energy provisions provide immediate emissions reductions and ensure that those reductions are sustainable. These practical, largely bipartisan ideas are a win-win-win for green jobs, the environment, and the health of all Americans.”
The Select Committee’s plan would put the country on a path to net-zero carbon pollution by 2050. It would power economic recovery through clean energy investment and green jobs, and address the legacy of environmental injustice harming America’s low-income communities and communities of color.
The report specifically recommends timely action on nine energy efficiency and renewable energy bills introduced and championed by Welch:
- The Renewable Energy Certainty Act (H.R. 932): A bipartisan bill to improve the federal government’s ability to procure renewable energy resources.
- The Smart Building Acceleration Act (H.R. 2044): A bipartisan bill to facilitate the transition to energy-saving smart buildings by supporting research and documenting the costs and benefits of emerging technologies in private and federal government buildings.
- The Energy Savings Through Public Private Partnerships Act (H.R. 3079): A bipartisan bill to require federal agencies to implement energy savings projects identified by mandatory energy audits to improve efficiency and save tax dollars. These projects could by paid for by Energy Savings Performance Contracts or Utility Energy Savings Contracts.
- The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (H.R. 3962): A bipartisan bill to create model energy efficient building codes, train the next generation of energy efficiency workers, and reduce federal energy usage.
- The Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act (H.R. 5650): A bipartisan bill to formally reauthorize the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and establish energy and water usage reduction goals for federal buildings.
- The E-Access Act (H.R. 5796): A bill to require the Department of Energy to issue guidelines that establish model data sharing standards and policies for states to provide electric consumers, gas consumers, and third-party designees with access to retail energy information.
- The Electric CARS Act (H.R. 2042): A bill to extend the electric vehicle (EV), fuel cell vehicle, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure tax credits for 10 years. It would also allow consumers to claim the EV credit at the time of purchase by transferring the credit to a dealer’s financing arm, making the credit a more attractive option for low and moderate-income individuals.
- The HOMES Act (H.R. 2043): A bipartisan bill to provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements.
- The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act (H.R. 1633): A bipartisan bill to improve the efficiency and global competitiveness of American manufacturers by establishing a smart manufacturing plan and providing assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers in implementing smart manufacturing technologies in their facilities.
- The HOPE for HOMES Act (H.R. 7325): A bipartisan bill to pair the HOMES Act rebate program with a grant program for online workforce training designed to prepare workers to conduct comprehensive home energy efficiency retrofits eligible for HOMES rebates.
The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was created at the outset of the 116th Congress to deliver policy recommendations to standing House committees on how to solve the climate crisis. The full Select Committee report is viewable here.
Source: Welch. WASHINGTON – 6.30.2020