H.R. 4092, Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014

H.R. 4092

Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014

Sponsor
Rep. Matt Cartwright

Date
June 23, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4092, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4092 was introduced on February 26, 2014 by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  The bill was marked up on April 29 and 30, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.[1]

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[1] Committee Report 113-479.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4092 directs the Secretary of Energy to develop a clearinghouse to publish information on federal programs and financing tools that may be used to initiate, develop, and finance energy efficiency, distributed generation, and energy retrofitting projects for schools.  In doing so, H.R. 4092 directs the Secretary to coordinate with appropriate federal agencies on a collaborative effort to streamline communications and promote available programs and financing mechanisms.

Background

Schools spend approximately $6 billion each year on energy costs, making it the next largest expenditure after personnel costs.[2]  “Well-designed energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements can stabilize or reduce these operating costs – in fact, the most efficient schools use three times less energy than the least efficient schools.”[3]  H.R. 4092 makes it easier for schools to access information on federal programs and financing tools for pursuing such energy improvements.

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[2] Financing Energy Upgrades for K-12 School Districts (April 2013) at 4.
[3] Id.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 4092 would not have a significant effect on the federal budget.  Costs incurred by DOE to expand existing efforts would be less than $500,000 each year.  The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.