U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, announced his support for a bipartisan bill to encourage energy efficiency in federal buildings.
The Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2019 would encourage the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Savings Contracts in which private companies use their own money and resources to upgrade federal buildings, according to a news release.
Although mandatory federal audits already outline projects aimed at reducing energy consumption and saving tax dollars, federal agencies are not required to implement these changes. The legislation changes this by requiring the projects, at least half of which must be paid for by ESPC’s or UESC’s.
“We cannot continue to operate these outdated, energy-inefficient federal facilities,” Kinzinger said in the release. “Our bipartisan, bicameral legislation is a commonsense solution to help end wasteful spending on inefficient energy buildings in order to deliver savings to the American taxpayers who are footing these energy bills.”
The bill also would expand the types of savings that can be used to repay the contracts to keep pace with changes in technology and energy markets. In exchange for making energy efficient upgrades, the private companies receive a portion of the money saved from increased efficiency.