In spite of this broad support (across the aisle and from some 270 environmental advocacy groups and business trade organizations) previous versions of this bill have failed to pass beyond the amendment process.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesIntroducedMarch 11th, 2015
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What is Senate Bill S. 720?
Cost of Senate Bill S. 720
In Depth: This directs the DOE Secretary to help update national building codes to promote energy efficiency. While trying to meet energy saving goals, these updates should also encourage and support of state and local governments in adopting building codes that meet or exceed the national codes for energy efficiency.
It would provide funding for grants to establish training and assessment
centers at higher education institutions. These would be used to
identify concepts and technologies for improving a building’s energy
performance. DOE grants would also be offered to
eligible nonprofit partnerships to pay the federal share of career
skills training for students obtaining a certification to install energy
The head of the SBA would be required to streamline the consideration of applications from eligible small businesses for loans under the Small Business Act. These applicants would be empowered to implement recommendations of the industrial research and assessment centers.The Secretary would also have to set goals for reducing waste, conserving natural resources, and preventing pollution — while also issuing guidance for federal agencies to employ advanced tools that promote energy efficiency.
GSA would be authorized to update
building designs to meet energy efficiency guidelines for projects that
have received congressional funding.
The OMB would be required to develop and publish a
goal for the total amount of increased productivity, in addition to
energy and cost savings from the consolidation of federal data centers
during the next five years. The Department of Defense (DOD) would be
exempted from this goal.
- Sponsoring Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Press Release
- Natural Resources Defense Council Issue Brief (In Favor)
- The Heritage Foundation (Opposed)
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