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House Democrats Release Energy Infrastructure Bill


On March 11, all the Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced together the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act or LIFT America Act. The 476-page bill focuses on energy and water infrastructure and would authorize $69.9 billion for clean energy and energy efficiency, including $3.5 billion for electric grid infrastructure. A section-by-section of the bill is available here and the LIFT America Act bill text is available here.

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New York Governor Proposes Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act


Governor Cuomo of New York recently announced a proposed Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act to strengthen the state's building codes, improve energy and water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This legislation will be based on a report submitted to the state legislature from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) indicating that increased appliance energy efficiency standards would save New Yorkers $15 billion by 2035. The legislation would require that state codes be updated to establish new energy efficiency standards for buildings, such as requiring emission reductions in the design criteria. It would also increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact of buildings, and aim for lower energy use and operational costs, as well as expand appliance standards categories to cover a wider range of products. Establishing a stronger energy code could deliver an estimated 21 million metric tons lifetime carbon emissions reduction and $2.5 billion in lifetime bill savings statewide for measures installed through 2030.  The full NYSERDA report can be found here.

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New Study on Washington, D.C. Building Benchmarking Using Unique Building IDs


A new U.S. Department of Energy case study has been released regarding Washington, D.C.’s use of Unique Building IDs (UBIDs) for building data. DOE and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed the UBID to identify buildings and help match and merge building energy and attribute data. It can help organizations compare information from different buildings in a way that would be difficult using traditional identifiers. Washington, D.C. was one of twelve partners that participated in DOE’s recently concluded Building Energy Data Analysis (BEDA) Accelerator, a collaborative launched two years ago to pilot UBIDs in a variety of real-world applications. Buildings are currently responsible for 74% of D.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions. D.C.’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 was the first building energy benchmarking and disclosure policy in the country, requiring that energy and water efficiency of all large private and municipal buildings be reported to the District for public disclosure. More on the D.C. case study can be found here

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New Report Available on Net Zero Carbon Cities


The World Economic Forum’s Net Zero Carbon Cities Program has issued a new white paper regarding a global framework and integrated energy approach, defined as "systemic efficiency," as a solution to the climate crisis. Systemic efficiency encompasses clean electrification, smart digital technology, and efficient buildings and infrastructure, along with a circular economy approach to water, waste and materials. Cities currently cover 3% of the earth’s land surface but create more than 70% of all carbon emissions. The full report can be found here

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