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house Bill H.R. 1420

Should Federal Agencies Develop Strategies to Reduce Their Energy Usage?

Argument in favor

The federal government, as the largest energy consumer in the U.S., needs to be as efficient as possible to save taxpayer dollars and the environment. This bill would provide federal agencies with the tools they need to run their data centers more efficiently.

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09/09/2019
We need to do everything possible to reduce emissions and transition to clean energy. It is attainable now. America must show leadership at this crucial time.
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09/09/2019
Saves money and saves energy. No reason why not.
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J. scott's Opinion
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09/10/2019
Yes but they already have and do so routinely. Energy consumption has been a concern in government since Jimmy Carter at least with his requirements to lower thermostats. This sounds as if they aren’t doing anything now. Moreover, it will increase their cost to replace old equipment. Just silliness really ...meanwhile the Trumpster is against increasing automotive gas mileage rates. Additionally, he’s taking every penny he can scrounge from departments and agencies for his wall.
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Argument opposed

The Dept. of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) already helps federal agencies reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. A new interagency program on this issue isn’t needed.

John's Opinion
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09/09/2019
Quit making government big brother. Free market has and will continue to reduce and replace energy as the market demands
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09/10/2019
No, let’s reduce the bloated government and close these unconstitutional agencies.
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09/10/2019
Maybe start with the liberals and the party of Nancy Pelosi spending tax payer money on needless world travel under the guise of diplomacy- when we all know it’s just vacation (esp when they take their families).....hmmmm; yeah stop the hypocrisy first and quit this showtime political nonsense
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed September 9th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 384 Yea / 23 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
    IntroducedFebruary 28th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 1420?

This bill — the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act — would require federal agencies to coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Dept. of Energy (DOE), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the development of an implementation strategy for the maintenance, purchase, and use of energy efficiency and energy savings information technology. Such technologies and practices would include advanced metering infrastructure, efficient data center strategies, improving IT asset utilization levels, building energy management, and secure telework and travel substitution tools. 

Each federal agency would also be required to compile a report describing its efforts to reduce energy use in its data centers and computing infrastructure. The DOE would ultimately be responsible for developing a metric to gauge efficiency and implementing "an open data initiative" to share best practices among agencies.

Impact

Federal agencies; federal agencies’ energy usage; OMB; DOE; EPA; and federal agency strategies to reduce energy use in their data centers and computing infrastructure.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1420

In 2016, the CBO estimated that implementing this legislation would cost less than $500,000 in any given year.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced this legislation to direct the Executive branch to harness information and communications technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use within the federal government

“As the nation’s largest energy user, landowner, and employer, the federal government should lead by example to improve the energy efficiency of its technology equipment and data centers. This legislation will reduce the federal government’s energy use, save taxpayer dollars, and set the standard for the private sector. I’m pleased to see this important policy once again pass the House, and I look forward to its swift consideration in the Senate.”

This legislation has five bipartisan cosponsors, including three Republicans and two Democrats, in the current Congress and hasn’t received a committee vote. In the 115th Congress, it passed the House by voice vote with one Republican cosponsor, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). 


Of NoteBill Kleyman, a contributor to TechTarget, points out, “You can't effectively manage what you can't monitor. The only way to run a properly optimized data center is to have a solid monitoring platform designed for your environment." An effective monitoring platform can help identify zombie services, inefficient equipment, and total energy consumption.

Data centers account for almost 2% of all U.S. electricity consumption and 10% of the federal government’s electricity usage. In 2017, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions estimated that widespread adoption of energy-efficient information technologies, including energy solutions at the more than 2,000 federal data centers, could save the federal government more than $5 billion in energy costs through 2020.

The DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) plays a critical role in reducing energy use and increasing federal agencies’ renewable energy. Since 1975, the federal government has decreased the energy intensity of its buildings by more than 40%. FEMP’s goals include helping agencies reduce GHG emissions by 40% by fiscal year 2025 compared to fiscal year 2008 and ensure that at least 30% of federal electricity consumption is generated from renewable sources by 2025.

FEMP provides agencies and organizations the information, tools, and assistance they need to achieve their energy-related requirements and goals. This includes helping federal agencies with project financing mechanisms, including energy-saving performance contracts (ESPCs). In an ESPC, a contractor pays the up-front cost of improvements and is repaid through a portion of the energy savings.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Energy Efficient Government Technology Act

Official Title

To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote energy efficiency via information and computing technologies, and for other purposes.

    It saves money. Win all around.
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    Quit making government big brother. Free market has and will continue to reduce and replace energy as the market demands
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    We need to do everything possible to reduce emissions and transition to clean energy. It is attainable now. America must show leadership at this crucial time.
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    Saves money and saves energy. No reason why not.
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    Yes but they already have and do so routinely. Energy consumption has been a concern in government since Jimmy Carter at least with his requirements to lower thermostats. This sounds as if they aren’t doing anything now. Moreover, it will increase their cost to replace old equipment. Just silliness really ...meanwhile the Trumpster is against increasing automotive gas mileage rates. Additionally, he’s taking every penny he can scrounge from departments and agencies for his wall.
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    Federal agencies have had directive's for energy conservation off and on going back at least 40 years. I do not think that any of them were legislated- but rather mandated by executive action. Certainly, It never hurts to be reminded. I am obviously waffling a bit on this. But, given the attitude of the trump-bunch, legislation is warranted. I fear that a lot of things that were done by administrations more focused on doing what is right instead of what is profitable will require legislative corrective actions. To quote our 'leader', SAD!
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    This is a no-brainer! If we want to make any progress towards protecting our environment and climate than the government needs to become more energy efficient!
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    Yes. It is their dutiful obligation to spend our money as wisely as possible.
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    No, let’s reduce the bloated government and close these unconstitutional agencies.
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    Reducing energy use should be a federal priority, leading the way
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    Congress needs to ask this question? Jeeesh, it should be obvious to agencies to be efficient (including energy use) as part of good management processes.
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    Reducing energy usage limits the amount of toxicity going into the air which in turn helps our environment.
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    Sheeeesh!! This is actually a question...for real? Doh...no, the fedl govt should continue to be as inefficient as possible. Actually, seriously speaking, the fedl govt is for the huge part a great parasite. To make it efficient would require shutting down the majority of its useless blood-sucking self and turning the powers over to the States and to WeThePeople, under the terms laid out in our Constitution. The USFedl Govt is the most INefficient parasite of all the govts of the world, and it is very close to destroying its host--us.
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    Maybe start with the liberals and the party of Nancy Pelosi spending tax payer money on needless world travel under the guise of diplomacy- when we all know it’s just vacation (esp when they take their families).....hmmmm; yeah stop the hypocrisy first and quit this showtime political nonsense
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    More overreach by the socialist democrat job killing party. WIN Win wining 2020
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    As my mother has often joked: all those years she thought she was cheap and it turned out she was being green. Saving money and resources is good common sense.
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    Absolutely!
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    We should all do this. I am proud that my congressman suggested this common sense rule of law
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    This is the biggest joke of the century. I worked for the federal government for 38 years. In the 70’s it was lights out in all buildings except emergency lighting after work hours. Even in our electrical substations yards lights were out and vandalizing was rampant. Turning the heat down down where women would have us place electrical heaters under their desks. With today’s LED lighting and programmable thermostats what more can we do. This is a political joke. If anyone spent money on conservation, it was the Federal government. Buzz Off!
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    Nooooooooo,absolutely not. The agency already does..Wasting money
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