Making 120 Energy Efficiency Amendments SEXY…
We’re going to do something a little different today by focusing on a specific piece of federal legislation currently before the U.S. Senate called the “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act” (S 1392).
This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) is the first significant energy bill to see the floor of the Senate since 2007, which President George W. Bush eventually signed into law as the Energy Independence and Security Act.
The Shaheen-Portman legislation (S. 1392) is not only an extremely exciting bill for Appalachian Voices and for our fellow advocates of energy efficiency, but it already has strong bipartisan support. The bill focuses on improvements in three main areas; 1) building codes, 2) industrial energy efficiency, and 3) energy improvements to federal facilities. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has MUCH more in “White Paper” form.
Energy Efficiency is pretty non-controversial, obviously, and we celebrated as the bill sailed through the Senate Energy Committee by a vote of 19-3. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander was one of the many Republicans to join his Democratic colleagues in taking a positive step for our energy future, our economy and the environment.
The bill was on the Senate floor last week, but was tabled when Senator David Vitter (R-LA) blocked a vote on the bill and its amendments due to an unrelated issue.
He essentially ran out the clock by demanding that Democrats allow a vote for defunding Obamacare. So now, before any votes were taken, the Senate had to move on from the bill amid Republican shouts that we should defund Obamacare or shut down the government completely. The hope is that they return to Shaheen-Portman once the budget battle is over. But it’s not quite that simple.
Since the bill has gone through Committee, there have been 120 amendments filed on topics ranging from energy efficiency financing to golf carts. Now, Republican and Democratic leadership still have to work out which of the amendments will receive actual votes on the floor. Some of the amendments would make the bill even stronger, and some of them would basically mean a quickening of the apocalypse for communities in the coal-bearing counties of Central Appalachia.
So the Appalachian Voices team thought that we would consolidate and summarize these amendments for you. Here are the 120 amendments that have been filed so far. Click “link” for more information about each amendment. Feel free to leave questions in the comments.
So here we go…
|#1841||Coons (D)||Expands Master Limited Partnership (MLP) program to include renewable energy projects||link||Pro|
|#1842||Coons (D) – Collins (R)||Strengthen and reauthorize “Weatherization Assistance Program” and “State Energy Program”||link||Pro|
|#1844||Isakson (R) – Bennett (D)||To improve the accuracy of mortgage underwriting by Federal mortgage agencies by ensuring that energy cost savings are included in the underwriting process||link||–|
|#1843||Wicker (R)||Audit requirement||link||–|
|#1845||M. Udall (D) – Collins (R)||Helping schools learn about and implement existing efficiency programs||link||Pro|
|#1846||M. Udall (D) – Risch (R)||Requires fed gov to reduce energy use in data centers through consolidation||link||–|
|#1847||Bennett (D) – Ayotte (R)||Tenant Star Program||link||–|
|#1848||Reid/Pryor (D) – Ayotte/Coburn (R)||Veterans||link||–|
|#1850||Inhofe (R)||Natural gas vehicles||link||–|
|#1851||Inhofe (R) – Carper (D)||Including energy savings as a renewable energy||link||–|
|#1852||Whitehouse / Boxer (D)||Multifamily housing units||link||–|
|#1853||Barrasso / Enzi / Flake (R)||Halts some regulation of CO2||link||Oppose|
|#1854||Barrasso / Flake (R)||Social cost of carbon||link||–|
|#1855||Franken (D)||Requires disclosure of energy use in federally owned buildings||link||–|
|#1856||Klobuchar (D) – Hoeven (R)||Non-profit building retrofits||link||Pro|
|#1857||Rubio (R)||Study on costs of regs on small businesses||link||–|
|#1858||Wyden / Merkley (D)||Study on standby energy power usage||link||–|
|#1859||Stabenow (D)||Vehicle efficiency||link||–|
|#1860||Gillibrand (D)||Use of energy efficiency improvement for disaster relief||link||–|
|#1861||R. Johnson / Coburn (R)||— — —||link||–|
|#1862||R. Johnson / Coburn (R)||Saving energy at federal data centers||link||–|
|#1863||Enzi / Barasso / Flake (R)||Anti-EPA’s regional haze regulations||link||–|
|#1864||Enzi / Barasso (R)||Mineral leasing||link||–|
|#1865||Toomey / Coburn / Flake / Risch (R)||Repeal of renewable fuel standard under CAA||link||–|
|#1866||Vitter / Enzi / Heller / Lee / Johnson / Inhofe (R)||Obamacare||link||–|
|#1868||Coburn (R)||Federal workers should turn out lights when they leave a room.||link||–|
|#1869||Coburn (R)||Cost-benefit studies by DOE||link||–||#1870||Coburn (R)||Combining green building programs||link||–||#1871||McConnell / Coats / Cornyn / Coburn / Alexander / Barrasso / Burr / Risch / Johanns / Ayotte / Blunt / Moran / Hoeven (R)||Obamacare delay||link||–||#1872||Vitter (R)||Automobile tax credits and CO2 during production||link||–||#1873||Coburn (R)||— — —||link||–||#1874||Coburn (R)||— — —||link||–||#1875||Coburn (R)||Consolidation of Energy Star programs||link||–||#1876||Thune (R)||Health insurance||link||–||#1877||Bennett (D) – Coburn (R)||Federal data center consolidation||link||–||#1878||Blumenthal (D)||Study non-monetary benefits on energy savings, commercial building code compliance, etc||link||–||#1879||Sessions (R) – Pryor (D)||Voluntary efficiency certification program for AC, furnace, boiler, heat pumps||link||–||#1880||Lee (R)||Vehicle fuels||link||–||#1881||Pryor / Begich / Coons / Heinrich / Tester / Udall (D) – Alexander / Boozman (R)||Gov’t should do quadrennial energy reviews for itself||link||–||#1882||Inhfoe (R)||Farms and oil spills||link||–||#1883||Inhfoe (R)||Lead paint study||link||–||#1884||Inhfoe (R)||Vehicle fuels||link||–||#1884||Inhfoe (R)||Vehicle fuels||link||–||#1885||Landrieu (D) – Wicker (R)||Third party certification under Energy Star||link||–||#1886||Landrieu / Pryor (D) – Crapo/Wicker (R)||Improving federal building efficiency standards; doesn’t look to be as good as it sounds||link||–||#1887||Thune (R)||Repealing “Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program” from 2007 energy bill||link||–||#1888||Thune (R)||Prohibits keeping a database of farm owners, operators, and employees||link||–||#1889||Thune (R)||Would prohibit GhG regulations that were determined to have a negative impact on jobs or energy prices.||link||Oppose||#1890||Thune (R)||Would prohibit fuel emissions standards that would cause an increase in the price of gasoline.||link||–||#1891||Thune (R)||Would require any reglation with over $1 billion compliance costs to have congressional approval.||link||Oppose||#1892||Thune (R)||Relates to setting goals for increasing the production of domestic oil and natural gas||link||–||#1893||Heller / Flake (R)||“Energy Consumers Relief,” increases requirements of EPA when finalizing rules related to energy||link||Oppose||#1894||Menendez (D)||“Sense of Senate on Implementation of Energy Savings Projects” – encourages federal agencies to meet goals required in 2011 Presidential memorandum on implemation of energy savings projects.||link||–||#1895||Warner / Manchin / Schatz / Tester (D)||State Race to the Top Initiative – Offers grants to states with aggressive energy savings plans||link||Pro||#1896||Flake / Burr / Coburn (R)||Obamacare||link||–||#1897||Coburn / Risch (R)||Requires projects to be funded in advance through appropriations acts||link||Oppose||#1898||Coburn (R)||Pulls funding for projects that employ union labor||link||Oppose||#1899||McCain (R)||Amends “Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers”||link||–||#1900||McCain (R)||Repeal of “Feedstock Flexibility for Bioenergy Producers” program||link||–||#1901||Blunt / Hoeven / Kirk (R)||Shortens “presumptive approval” clause for EPA on Clean Air Act waivers to 3 days||link||Oppose||#1902||Blunt / Vitter (R)||Prohibits an agency from monetizing potential effects associated with carbon emissions”.||link||Oppose||#1903||Enzi / Barrasso / Flake (R)||Weakens “Regional Haze Program”||link||Oppose||#1904||T Udall /Franken / M Udall (D)||“Smart Water Resource Management Pilot Program” – gives grants to utilities, municipalties and others considering energy and water savings||link||Pro||#1905||T Udall (D)||Establishes a “WaterSense” program to reduce water use, strain on water infracstructure, and preserve water resources for future generations.||link||–||#1906||Boxer (D)||Withholds Congressional salaries if US financial obligations are not met due to debt limit being reached.||link||–||#1907||Merkley (D)||Financing Energy Efficient Manufacturing Program||link||Pro||#1908||Hoeven / Barasso / Blunt / Cornyn / Enzi / Heller / Inhofe / McConnell Murkowski / Risch / Thune (R) – Baucus / Begich / Donnelly / Heitkamp / Landrieu / Manchin / Pryor / Tester (D)||“Sense of Congress” regarding approval of KXL Pipeline.||link||Oppose||#1909||Hoeven (R) – Heitkamp (D) )||Regarding federal regulation of oil/gas development on federal land||link||–||#1910||Toomey (R) – Casey (D)||Compliance delay for units burning coal refuse until 2017||link||Oppose||#1911||Udall / Markey (D)||Consumer Access to Electric Energy Information – encourages policies that allow electricity users access to their own electricity data.||link||Pro||#1912||Udall / Schatz (D) – Collins (R)||Coordination of Energy Retrofitting Assistance for Schools||link||Pro||#1913||Paul (R)||Elimination of federal or state regulation of plumbing supplies||link||–||#1914||Donnelly (D) – Blunt (R)||Requires EPA Administrator using emissions rates based on efficiencies achievable by the best demonstrated commercially available tecnology, by fuel type.||link||Oppose||#1915||Sanders / Wyden (D)||Loans for residential building energy efficiency upgrades||link||Pro||#1916||Hoeven / Blunt / Chambliss / Grassley (R) – Klobuchar / Pryor (D )||Additional standards for grid enabled water heaters||link||–||#1917||Hoeven (R) – Manchin (D)||Energy reductions for federal buildings and buildings with energy intensive activities||link||–||#1918||McCain / Flake (R)||Relating to GSA and DHS buildings for rental, lease or sale to government personel, contractors, or their family if cost exceeds average||link||–||#1919||Whitehouse (D)||Energy Conservation in Federal Buildings||link||Pro||#1920||Harkin (D)||Community Energy Program||link||Pro||#1921||Cornyn (R)||Prohibits IRS from dealing with Obamacare||link||–||#1922||Cornyn (R)||Dealing with Endangered Species Act litigation||link||–||#1923||Johanns(R)||Requires EE analysis and disclosure of energy audits at federal facilities.||link||–||#1924||Johanns (R)||Exempts golf carts from some conservation rules.||link||–||#1925||Levin (D) – Inhofe (R)||For development of public natural gas auto fueling stations||link||Pro||#1926||Inhofe (R)||Incentivizes natural gas vehicles, weakens electric auto standards||link||–||#1927||Schatz (D)||Extends consideration of sustainabile building practices to include “location” of new and replacement buildings||link||–||#1928||Inhofe (R)||NA||link||–||#1929||Blumenthal (D)||Study on benefits of energy saving devices and code compliance in commercial buildings||link||Pro||#1930||Bennet (D) – Coburn (R)||Consolidates federal data centers||link||–||#1931||Fischer / Flake (R)||Eliminates higher education grants for worker training and capacity building||link||–||#1932||Sanders / Wyden (D) – Murkowski (R)||State Residential Building EE loan pilot program||link||Pro||#1933||M Udall (D) – Risch (R)||Enhances implemenation of energy efficiency efforts in federal agencies and data centers, including OMB efficiency reports and scorecards||link||Pro||#1934||Flake / Coburn / Johnson(R)||Obamacare||link||–||#1935||Flake (R)||Limits “Regional Haze” rule||link||–||#1936||Flake (R)||Prohibits this bill from affecting Indian Tribes||link||–||#1937||Flake / Fischer (R)||Eliminates “Electric Motor Rebate Program” from this legislation||link||–||#1938||Flake / Fischer (R)||Makes building code provision of this act voluntary||link||Oppose||#1939||Flake / Fischer (R)||Requires EPA to have cost offsets on other federal agencies when promulgating rules limiting GhGs||link||Oppose||#1940||Klobuchar / Stabenow (D) – Hoeven (R)||Energy Efficient Retrofit Pilot Program – allows non-profits, churches, etc to recieve grants for energy saving activities||link||Pro||#1941||Franken (D) – ||Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act of 2013, regarding recovering waste heat, renewable energy, and strengthening of local energy resources.
||Manchin (D) – Vitter / Hoeven (R)
||Spruce Veto veto
||Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act
||Seeks $2 billion for “clean coal” projects
||Studies GhG emission changes in electric sector
||Increases outreach and coordination in the “Future of Industry” program contained in this act
||Warren (D) – Crapo (R)
||Study of energy savings benefits of operational efficiency programs and services
||M Udall / Merkley (D)
||Consumer Access to Electric Energy Information
||Brown (D) – Kirk (R)
||Increasing Water Efficiency In Federal Buildings
||Alternative Fuel Infrastructure
||Community Energy Program, giving grants to municipalities or non-profits for energy saving activities
||Warner / Manchin / Tester / Schatz (D)
||State Energy Race to the Top Initiative
||Udall, T / Udall, M / Franken (D) )
||Smart Water Resource Management Pilot Program
||Warner / Manchin / Tester / Schatz (D)
||Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge – to assist states to double electric and thermal energy productivity by 2030
||Klobuchar / Schumer (D) – Graham (R)
||Metal Theft Prevention Act – regarding the use of federal, state, or local electric infrastructure
||Klobuchar / Franken (D) – Hoeven (R)
||Regarding reporting requirements during coordination of Refinery Outages
||Udall, T / Udall / Cardin / Markey (D)
||Renewable Electricity Standard of 25% by 2025
||“Saving Coal Jobs Act” – basically everything bad you can imagine about Mitch McConnell’s wildest dreams
||Crapo / Risch (R)
||Resloution of conflicting Clean Water Act 401 certifications
||Helium Stewardship of 2013
||Amends the coordination and nonduplication section of this bill
||Amends the Weatherization Assistance Program
||Adds third party evaluations to federally funded energy training programs
Some of the amendments that are particularly exciting to us are:
#1932 – (Sanders-Wyden (D) / Murkowski (R))
This amendment would allow states and other entities to compete for grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) to help perform energy efficiency upgrades in residential buildings.
#1940 – Klobuchar (D) / Hoeven (R)
This amendment, originally introduced as the Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Act, would provide matching grants to non-profits (including houses of worship, etc) who are making efficiency upgrades.
#1952 – Warner / Manchin / Tester / Schatz (D)
Originally introduced as the “State Energy Race to the Top” Initiative (S 1209), provides grants to states who can revise their energy conservation plans. The goal of the amendment is to double electric and thermal productivity by the year 2030.
So, all of that said, we hope that the Senate will get back to work soon to continue their extremely important work for the economy, environment and our energy future by passing Shaheen-Portman. Then, we can all go over to the U.S. House of Representatives and do this all again!