All summer, the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman bill was hailed by both parties as a landmark piece of energy efficiency legislation. But budget debates and the subsequent government shutdown brought the would-be law's momentum to a grinding halt, forcing its sponsors to go back the drawing table yet again. In the meantime, another senator has picked up the slack and introduced a new clean energy bill of his own.
Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts has launched a new proposal, the American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act, which would mandate that all utility companies derive 25 percent of their electricity generation from renewable power sources, such as solar and wind, by 2025.
"There is no trick and all treat to harnessing clean energy to create jobs and fuel our economy in the 21st century," said Senator Markey in an official statement. "Clean energy and gains in energy efficiency have been very bright spots for the national and Massachusetts economy. The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act would quadruple renewable energy production in the United States. It would create more than 400,000 jobs."
Not only would it serve as a job creator, but, according to the senator's press release, the new bill would also:
- Improve household efficiency, yielding annual savings of $39 per family, accumulating to a total figure of $90 billion by 2030
- Invest $200 billion into new energy technologies
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 480 million metric tons – tantamount to the output of 120 coal plants – by 2025.
While the bill is taking its first steps on Capitol Hill, homeowners in the area already have options for energy efficiency available to them. R and J Tinting provides a variety of DC window tinting films that can reduce the amount of heat a house absorbs from the sun. By curbing solar heat gains, solar control window film can help create a more consistent indoor climate and leave you with cheaper utility bills.