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H.R. 8: North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015

Dec 3, 2015 at 11:31 a.m. ET. On Passage of the Bill in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 8 (114th) in the House.

Energy efficiency and infrastructure security to come to the House floor The House this week is scheduled to vote on the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 8), legislation that seeks to promote energy efficiency inside the federal government and improve the security of energy-related infrastructure primarily by expanding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) authorities.

"This is our first attempt at significant energy legislation since 2007 and a great deal has changed in less than a decade," said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who introduced the bill in September. “Fears of America running out of energy have been replaced by a once incomprehensible rise in domestic oil and natural gas production. But our laws and regulations need to be updated in order to reflect this new reality.” (Source: The Hill)

Specific provisions in the bill would:

  • Establish a new Energy Security and Infrastructure Modernization Fund and authorize $850 million for the fund over the 2017–2020 period, which would be offset by the sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
  • Modernize and improve the security of energy-related infrastructure and promote the development and use of energy-efficient technologies in buildings, appliances, and industrial processes.
  • Extend statutory goals for federal agencies to reduce energy consumption, expand requirements for federal buildings to meet certain standards related to sustainable resource use, and broaden definitions of the types of energy that can be considered renewable.
  • Strike a requirement under current law that federal agencies gradually phase out — and eliminate by 2030 — the use of energy generated from fossil fuel in newly constructed federal buildings and buildings undergoing major renovations.
  • Authorize DOE to modify the definitions of consumer products and equipment that are subject to energy efficiency standards if there is consensus among interested parties (including manufacturers), and would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue labelling requirements for consumer products or equipment covered by a modified definition(s).

Totals

All Votes R D
Aye 59%
 
 
249
240
 
9
 
No 41%
 
 
174
3
 
171
 
Not Voting
 
 
10
2
 
8
 

Passed. Simple Majority Required. Source: house.gov.

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