ROSSLYN, Va.—NEMA, the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, welcomed the introduction of the Smart Energy Act (HR 4017) as a step toward reducing energy consumption in the U.S. and moving toward greater energy independence.
According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, the bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Charles Bass (R-NH) promotes energy efficiency by making the federal government a smarter consumer of energy and by encouraging energy efficiency upgrades in other buildings throughout the country.
“We commend Congressman Bass for his leadership and hard work on this legislation,” Gaddis said. “The federal government is the largest building owner in the U.S., so reducing energy use in federal buildings is a good place to begin. In addition, the energy savings available in commercial and other buildings represents an enormous opportunity to reduce operating costs, foster job creation, and increase America’s energy security.”
Important provisions of the Smart Energy Act include:
a federal loan program for energy-efficiency upgrades in commercial, multifamily residential, industrial, municipal, government, school, and hospital buildings;