This morning EDF partnered with other environmental groups in a press conference with members of the Texas House of Representatives who are sponsoring energy efficiency legislation this Session.
Representative Rafael Anchia from Dallas and Representative Mark Strama from Austin spoke on the need for passing increased efficiency measures and building a network of green jobs. See the video below.
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Representative Anchia is the author of several major efficiency bills this Session, which EDF supports and are critical for lowering our utility bills, increasing the reliability of our electric grid, improving our air quality, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
These bills include:
- HB 280, which sets an energy efficiency goal for utilities of 2 percent of peak demand by 2020.
- HB 2210, which establishes efficiency standards for major appliances, including pool pumps, bottle-type water dispensers and portable hot tubs; and
- HB 2783, which updates statewide building codes to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
According to Rep. Strama’s statement at today’s press conference, the Energy Resources Committee, on which he sits, plans to pass these bills out of committee this week, or next week at the latest. The next step after that is the House floor.
Stay tuned for further developments on these bills and others coming out of the Legislature. For further information on the topics, please visit The Alliance for a Clean Texas, of which EDF is a member.