American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA). This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures, which have largely been overlooked in recent discussions and analyses of ACESA. When analyses ignore the readily available benefits from energy efficiency they distort how energy and climate legislation, such as ACESA, could affect American consumers and the U.S. economy.
<p>The "Motor Crusher Credit" (actually entitled the <em>Motor Efficiency Rebate Program</em>) passed out of the Senate Energy Committee last Wednesday as Sec. 228 of the comprehensive energy bill the <em>American Clean Energy Leadership Act</em>. See ACEEE's <a href="/press/2009/06/senate-energy-bill-will-spur-substantial-energy-efficien">press release</a> on the bill for details and a link of our assessment of the energy efficiency impacts of the bill.<br />
The past few months have been very busy ones on national energy policy. Since the Obama Administration and the new Congress started work, energy and energy efficiency have been high on the federal policy agenda. Below are highlights of the latest on progress towards energy legislation in the Senate; energy and climate legislation in the South; initial efforts to develop a new federal transportation bill and other transportation policies; and an update on use of federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency.
<p><a href="/uploaded_images/160px-Tammy_Baldwin,_official_photo_portrait,_color-723720.jpg"><img alt="" class="floatright" src="/uploaded_images/160px-Tammy_Baldwin,_official_photo_portrait,_color-723719.jpg" /></a>On Tuesday, an amendment offered by Representative Tammy Baldwin (WI-2) was adopted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee into the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) of 2009 (co-sponsored by Reps. Waxman and Markey).<br />
<p>Well, the month of April has been a busy one in Washington Energy Policy circles. In addition to the <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.661:" target="_blank">Senate's energy efficiency in manufacturing legislation</a> (S.