H.R. 4850: Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act

H.R. 4850

Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
June 25, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4850, the Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval.  The bill was introduced on April 26, 2012, by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4850 would amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide the Secretary of Energy authority to waive certain component specifications so long as the component manufacturer demonstrates that the component meets or exceeds Department of Energy energy efficiency standards. 

Background

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act requires newly manufactured walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers to use specific component technologies in order to meet Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency standards.  However, because the technical specifications for the components are so restrictive, some component technologies cannot be used in the manufacture of new walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers, despite the fact that using the component technology would meet or exceed the DOE energy efficiency standards set for walk-in coolers and freezers. 

Cost

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