Obama signs energy efficiency bill, updating recent laws

December 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has been busy in recent weeks trying to negotiate with congressional Republicans for a resolution to the looming fiscal cliff. But on Wednesday, December 19, Obama took a moment for a less contentious issue, signing into law the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act.

GreentechMedia reports that the bill stems from a compromise between a house bill and a more extensive proposal put forward by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman, from New Hampshire and Ohio, respectively.

The new law aims to further promote the adoption of energy efficient building technology by promoting research efforts and providing a collection of best practices. In particular, the act lays out guidelines for federal buildings

According to The Hill, one high-ranking Republican aid with the House Energy and Commerce Committee believes that there will be a major energy efficiency bill passed early next year, possibly similar to the Shaheen-Portman proposal.

Other agencies are also taking a stand and promoting green building. The U.S. Department of Energy established the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) to improve the efficiency of buildings in Pennsylvania. Working as an Energy-Regional Innovation Center, the group tries to focus on green-energy initiatives in Pennsylvania.