House Approves Committee’s Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

March 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, by a vote of 375 to 36. This bipartisan legislation uses a market-driven and voluntary approach to encourage energy and costs savings.

The legislation is a package of four measures authored by Energy and Commerce Committee members: Title I, Better Buildings, authored by Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT); Title II, Grid-Enabled Water Heaters, authored by Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY); Title III, Energy Efficient Government Technology, authored by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA); and Title IV, Energy Information for Commercial Buildings, authored by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL). To learn more about the legislation, click HERE.

“I am pleased that this bill combines four individual, bipartisan proposals developed by members of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Energy efficiency measures are some of the simplest and most affordable methods to address U.S. energy demand and lower costs,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “When it comes to American energy, everything needs to be on the table – coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydro, wind, and solar - and improving energy efficiency is also an important part of the “all-of-the-above” equation. It is my hope the Senate will build upon our bipartisan success and swiftly approve this legislative package to improve efficiency."