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Upcoming legislation promotes energy efficient motors, buildings, and renewables

There are a number of energy-related pieces of legislation winding their way through the law-making process. They provide monetary incentives for renewables, efficiency measures, and a number of related behaviors. Here's a run down on the bills it might pay to keep an eye on:

S.3079, Building Star Energy Efficiency Act of 2010 -- This would establish in the DoE a program that issues rebates to building owners to offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing qualifying equipment or materials or undertaking qualifying services to boost the energy efficiency of existing commercial buildings and multifamily residential buildings. Owners would get various rebates for installing items that include building envelope insulation, low-slope roofing insulation, windows, high-efficiency window films, boilers and furnaces, water heaters, variable-speed motor drives, interior and exterior lighting, energy monitoring and management systems, and related equipment.

S. 1637, Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 -- This would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and extend certain energy-related tax provisions such as the new energy-efficient home credit, and for other purposes. It also modifies the deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings.

S. 1639, Expanding Industrial Energy Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 -- This one also modifies the tax code and gives a credit for combined heat and power systems, energy efficient industrial motors, CFC replacement chillers, and efficient use of industrial process water.

H. R. 4226, Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 -- This also modifies the 1986 tax code by boosting and extending the new energy efficient home credit, modifying the deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings, and giving a credit for home performance auditor certifications.

S.1462, American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 -- This one promotes the domestic development and deployment of clean energy technologies through the improvement of existing programs and the establishment of a self-sustaining Clean Energy Deployment Administration. CEDA will partner with and support the private capital market to promote access to affordable financing for accelerated and widespread deployment of clean energy technologies, advanced or enabling energy infrastructure technologies, energy efficiency technologies in residential, commercial, and industrial applications, including end-use efficiency in buildings; and manufacturing technologies for efforts associated with clean energy.
You can see descriptions of the various pieces of legislation here:


S1462 - http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c111:1:./temp/~c111jSWyxZ:e15182:

HR 4226 - http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.4226:

S1639 - http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.1639:

S3079 - http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c111:1:./temp/~c111hW8CRl:e21016:

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