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President Bush Signs 2007 Energy Independence And Security Act

On that same December 19, 2007, President George Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The Act covers 16 titles and 317 pages.  Read more here on some of the highlights of the Act:

  1. requires auto makers to increase average fuel efficiency (CAFE standards) in new cars and light trucks, including SUVs, from the current 27.5 miles per gallon (mpg) for cars and 20.7 mpg for light trucks, to 35 mpg for cars and light trucks combined by model year 2020;
  2. requires a fivefold increase in the production of renewable transportation fuels (i.e., ethanol and biodiesel) by 2022;
  3. phases out most manufacture of incandescent light bulbs by 2014;
  4. creates offices of Commercial High Performance Green Buildings and Federal High Performance Green Buildings, with comprehensive energy and water use audit requirements for federal buildings, “zero net energy” goals for new commercial buildings by 2025 and all existing commercial buildings by 2050, total energy reductions in federal buildings of 30% by 2015, and fossil fuel energy use reductions in new federal buildings and major federal renovations of 55% by 2010 and 100% (zero net energy) by 2020;
  5. establishes a recoverable waste energy inventory program for major industrial and large commercial combustion sources, and creates a grant program to support waste energy recovery, including data centers;
  6. allocates $125 million for national and state green job training programs; and
  7. provides funding for “Smart Grid” energy distribution systems.   

In addition, beginning in 2011, “no Federal agency shall enter into a contract to lease space in a building that has not earned the Energy Star label in the most recent year.”

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 covers sixteen titles and 317 pages. The list above is simply a few of the “highlights” of the Act. Many of the Act’s provisions are not immediately active, but instead depend on future regulations. The true impact of the Act will not be known for some time.

For more information about this new federal legislation, contact Kate Whitby in Spencer Fane’s St. Louis office:  kwhitby@spencerfane.com.