The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee reported out the American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA) on June 17, 2009. This bill 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.
The Senate bill also contained a Renewable Electricity Standard (
In addition, the Senate bill adopted consensus minimum efficiency standards on residential air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps, pole-mounted outdoor lights (e.g., street lights), drinking water dispensers, hot food holding cabinets (used to serve food in hospitals), and hot tubs. These changes were included as a part of an amendment to the bill in June. ACEEE estimates that if and when these standards are fully implemented, they will save about as much energy annually as is now consumed by the entire state of Nebraska.