Vote Description

S1 (Roll Call 6) Energy Efficiency Guidelines and Mandates

The Portman amendment to the Keystone Pipeline approval bill creates a new federal program—the “Tenant Star” program—that directs the EPA Administrator and Secretary of  Energy to develop energy efficiency guidelines and pressure tenants and commercial building owners to adopt them.  The bill also increases the energy efficiency mandate for water heaters.  ACU opposes mandating energy efficiency guidelines on buildings and any other unnecessary regulations on products, which not only drive up costs for the average consumer but also are not even the federal government's responsibility, and opposed this amendment.  The Senate passed the amendment on January 20, 2015 by a vote of 94-5

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