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Bills for More Energy Efficient Federal Buildings Pick Up Steam

Aug. 20, 2019, 10:01 AM

Efforts to make federal buildings more energy efficient are starting to attract more support in Washington after years of coming up short.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in recent years weren’t able to get an energy efficiency package to the finish line. Portman now says the ground has shifted.

“We think we can now get this through both houses,” he said.

Portman and Shaheen’s new Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 2137) has cosponsors that include Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a moderate on environmental issues, and more conservative senators...

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