CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 6582, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) on November 2, 2012, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The bill would make technical corrections to the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).
The enabling energy savings innovation portion of the bill (section 2) would amend EISA to allow for the inclusion of walk-in cooler and freezer technologies that are more energy efficient than systems that are currently required in the law’s definition.
The Uniform Efficiency Descriptor for Covered Water Heaters section (section 3) would reduce regulatory burdens by directing the Department of Energy (DOE) to transition from the current, separate definitions for two types of water heaters, to having a single definition for all covered water heaters.
The Service over the Counter, Self-Contained, Medium Temperature Commercial Refrigerators section (section 4) would reduce regulatory burdens on refrigerator manufacturers by establishing a separate and less-stringent standard for this type of "service over the counter" commercial refrigerator.
The Small Duct High Velocity Systems section (section 5) would clarify regulatory treatment for a specialty system that is made by one U.S. Manufacturer.
According to the sponsor’s office, the purpose of the bill is to serve as a technical corrections bill for the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and protect jobs while not making any substantive policy changes.
The bill would reduce barriers to the deployment of industrial energy efficiency; would lay out the best practices for advanced metering; would create a federal energy management and data collection standard; and would reduce regulatory burdens by correcting clerical errors made during enactment of EISA 2007.
A CBO score of H.R. 6582 was not available as of press time.