Reps. McKinley and Welch Introduce Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bills

Washington, D.C.—Today, Reps. David B. McKinley, P.E., (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced two pieces of bipartisan legislation that would spur energy efficiency investments in both residential and commercial buildings and create construction jobs.

“These are common sense ideas that will create jobs, save money for consumers and conserve energy,” said Rep. McKinley. “This issue transcends political ideology.”

The first of the bills, The Home Owner Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act, would provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements.

After introducing the legislation, Congressman Welch said, “Vermont has lead the nation in energy efficiency. These bills would take the Vermont model and apply it across the country. Encouraging energy efficiency in the private sector is a win-win-win for the consumer, the economy and the environment. And, in an era of partisan gridlock, energy efficiency is a practical, common sense idea where Democrats and Republicans can find common ground.”

In April, Rep. McKinley and Rep. Welch also introduced The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (H.R. 1616), will spur the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of our economy while also fostering job creation.

The Better Buildings Act would help commercial landlords and tenants coordinate energy savings practices. The legislation encourages tenants and landlords to work hand-in-hand in making buildings more efficient. The Department of Energy would then issue “TENANT STAR” certifications, in the same way that buildings can qualify for ENERGY STAR recognition, to demonstrate their energy efficiency and attract investors and occupants.

Reps. McKinley and Welch are the co-chairs of the High Performance Building Caucus.