House approves energy bills, including one related to hydropower

The U.S. House of Representatives on June 23 approved a series of bills to increase energy and cost savings for federal agencies and schools and support the production and use of hydropower.

The House approved H.R. 4801, the Thermal Insulation Efficiency Improvement Act, by voice vote. Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., authored the bipartisan legislation to help identify opportunities for federal agencies to use energy and water more efficiently.

“I’m proud to see the House investing in research that could significantly save both financial and natural resources all across the country. With the federal government being the single largest consumer of energy in the U.S., doing our best to maximize the potential savings from improved insulation systems is a commonsense step I think everybody can agree on. I hope the Senate takes up this bill and moves quickly to begin this important analysis,” said Kinzinger.

The House also approved H.R. 4092, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act, by voice vote. This legislation, authored by Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., would help schools reduce energy use and save money by establishing an online resource at the Department of Energy to serve as a one-stop-shop for information about available federal programs that can be used to increase energy efficiency.

Finally, the House approved H.R. 316, the Collinsville Hydroelectric Relicensing Bill, by a vote of 379 to 3. The legislation, authored by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., provides the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with limited authority to reinstate two terminated hydroelectric licenses and transfer them to a new owner, the Town of Canton, Conn. The licenses are associated with the Upper and Lower Collinsville dams on the Farmington River in Connecticut. Both projects are under 1 MW each in size. The House had previously approved the legislation, and on June 23 approved Senate changes, sending the bill to the president’s desk.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.