Proposed Clean Energy Act to impact gas distribution operators

The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman of California has been placed on the House of Representatives calendar. The purpose of the legislation is to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.

Gas distribution operators should pay particular attention to this bill as it may make them responsible for the reduction in gas consumption of their customers. The discussion draft summary from the House of Representatives includes the following statement:

“Utilities Energy Efficiency. The draft establishes a new energy efficiency resource standard to enlist electricity and natural gas distribution companies in the effort to make the nation more energy efficient. Under this program, each distribution company must demonstrate that its customers have achieved a required level of cumulative electricity or natural gas savings relative to business-as-usual projections. The efficiency standard starts with a 1% electricity savings and 0.75% natural gas savings in 2012 and gradually increases to a 15% cumulative electricity savings and a 10% cumulative natural gas savings by 2020.”

Complete details on this bill can be found on The Library of Congress – Thomas website. Enter HR 2454 in the search dialog.

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