Past Legislation

Over the years, there have been many bills containing amendments and provisions to improve energy efficiency. Below are several examples of proposed legislation that were not passed by Congress. 

American Power Act of 2010

The American Power Act of 2010 (APA) contains a cap-and-trade program on greenhouse gas emissions by utilities and large industrial emitters, a carbon fee on transportation fuels, and a modest allocation of funds to energy efficiency. This bill was reported out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works but it was not brought to the floor for a vote.

American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009

The American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA) served as a counterpart to the energy provisions in H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, the combined climate and energy bill passed by the House that year. The Senate bill addressed a number of important energy efficiency issues, but did not incorporate climate legislation. This bill was reported out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on June 17, 2009 but was not brought to the floor for a vote.

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), was intended to create a cap-and-trade mechanism, a market-based incentive to reduce carbon emissions. The bill also included a number of key policies for energy efficiency. This legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009 but did not become law due to inaction in the Senate.