Today around 1:00 pm, the House is due to consider H.R. 6582, the “American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act.” H.R. 6582 corrects existing energy laws to ensure that innovations and alternative technologies that meet or exceed federal energy efficiency standards are not deterred by those laws. Products covered by the bill include water heaters, commercial refrigerators, and some HVAC units. Companion legislation to H.R. 6582 was passed by the Senate in September.
Heading into the 112th Congress, many in Washington (including myself) saw energy efficiency as an area where lawmakers from both parties could potentially agree on legislation. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. Election-year politics stopped S. 1000, the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill, from coming to the Senate floor. And while the NAM is still committed to getting comprehensive energy efficiency legislation like S. 1000 passed, we also support anything that gets portions of this legislation–such as H.R. 6582–to the President’s desk for his signature.
In a year that has been frustrating to say the least when it comes to energy policy, we’ll take any kind of bipartisan agreement we can get. We’re pleased to see the House considering legislation that helps manufacturers innovate in the area of energy efficiency.
Ross Eisenberg is vice president of energy and resources policy, National Association of Manufacturers.