July 23 -- Special interests are once again pushing proposals that would stifle any progress
being made to reduce fossil fuel use in new and renovated federal buildings. During a mark-
up of energy efficiency legislation that takes place tomorrow, the oil and gas lobby may
seek to prevent the Department of Energy from implementing a provision from the Energy
Independence and Security Act of 2007 known as Section 433, which requires that federal
buildings be designed to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Stakeholders from varying industries have been working with DOE to implement this rule in a
way that is smart, efficient, and effective.
According to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, the building
sector accounts for 39 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, more than both the
transportation and industry sectors. The EIA found that buildings are responsible for 71
percent of U.S. electricity consumption; they alone account for almost 10 percent of carbon
dioxide emissions worldwide. >>View Article