Energy efficiency debate in Senate; NREL facility dedicated

After diversions to other topics, the Senate may be returning to its energy efficiency debate. In Boulder, Colorado, Secretary Moniz dedicates the Energy Systems Integration Facility.

Senate Takes Up Energy Efficiency Bill
Secretary Moniz Dedicates Nation’s First Major Clean Energy Systems Integration Research Facility

Senate Takes Up Energy Efficiency Bill
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), promotes energy efficiency and green jobs across the U.S. economy through a mix of building codes, financing and rebates, voluntary labeling, and technical assistance that would also target cutting energy use and emissions. “It’s essentially the first stand-alone energy bill to be debated on the floor of the Senate since 2007,” said Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore. S761 was introduced this April and passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by a 19-3 vote, but then seemed to fall by the wayside, until this week. Moving away from debate on military force in Syria, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) brought the energy efficiency bill to the floor on Wednesday, September 11. There are expected to be several amendment votes on the legislation, Reid said.;;;

Secretary Moniz Dedicates Nation’s First Major Clean Energy Systems Integration Research Facility
This week Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz dedicated the nation’s first major research facility focused on clean energy grid integration and wide-scale deployment. The new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado “will help manufacturers, utilities, and public and private sector researchers overcome the challenges of integrating clean energy and energy efficiency technologies into today’s energy infrastructure,” the DOE said in a statement. “Strong partnerships between our national laboratories and America’s private industry, academia, and entrepreneurs will help reduce the effects of climate change, increase the production of clean energy, and accelerate the development of new technologies,” Secretary Moniz was quoted. During President Obama’s first term, the United States more than doubled generation of electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources.

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