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2007 Federal Energy Legislation Analysis by ACE3

Summary of energy policies in the 2007 Energy Bill.

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2007 Federal Energy Legislation

Dec. 14, 2007. Preliminary estimates of energy and carbon savings from energy bill passed in Senate.

In 2007, Congress put energy legislation high on its agenda, with final legislation passing in December. The new legislation emphasizes energy efficiency and was driven by high energy prices, growing concerns about global warming, and a change in leadership in the House and Senate after the 2006 elections.

These are the major efficiency provisions in the 2007 law, you can find further analysis at the website of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

  1. Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards. The legislation calls for a 35 mpg CAFE standard for cars and light trucks by 2020, with “maximum feasible” increases beyond this date.

  2. Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards. The new law contains many provisions setting new minimum efficiency standards based on consensus agreements between industry and ACEEE including appliances, residential boilers, electric motors, incandescent reflector lamps, external power suppies, metal halide lamp fixtures, and walk-in coolers and freezers. Additional appliances will receive additional regulations.

  3. Lamp Efficiency Standards. The bill sets lamp efficiency standards for common light bulbs, requiring them to use about 20-30% less energy than present incandescent bulbs by 2012-2014 (phasing in over several years) and requiring a DOE rulemaking to set standards that will reduce energy use to no more than about 65% of current lamp use by 2020.

  4. Regional Standards. The legislation allows DOE to set up to one regional standard for heating products and two regional standards for cooling products, in addition to the main national standard. The intent is to better accommodate the range of climatic conditions across the U.S.

  5. Industrial Efficiency Programs. The bill updates the authorization for DOE's industrial program to reflect challenges facing U.S. manufacturing. In particular, the bill addresses the need to develop new manufacturing processes and the ability to make use of alternative feed stocks in response to the increasing cost and scarcity of energy resources.

  6. Combined Heat and Power, Recycled Energy and District Energy. The bill promotes combined heat and power (CHP), recycled energy and district energy systems. It authorizes the expansion of Regional CHP Assistance Centers. And it

  7. Commercial Building Initiative. Provision authorizes a Commercial Building Initiative (CBI) combining research, development, and deployment, to be run by DOE with input from an industry consortium. The goal of the initiative is for all new commercial buildings to use zero energy on net by 2030 (i.e. they produce as much energy as they use) and all existing buildings to meet the same goal by 2050.

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