02.02.16

Gardner Amendment Included in Comprehensive Energy Overhaul Package

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after the Senate unanimously approved his amendment, which requires federal agencies to implement energy savings projects at federal facilities, to the Energy Policy Modernization Act. Mandatory federal audits already outline energy savings projects for federal facilities aimed at reducing energy consumption and saving tax dollars; however, federal agencies are currently not required to implement these changes. The amendment allows the projects to be paid for by energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) or utility energy savings contracts (UESCs). ESPCs and UESCs allow private companies to use private dollars to make energy efficiency upgrades to federal buildings.  

“I’m pleased the Senate approved this commonsense amendment, which will both increase energy efficiency and save hardworking taxpayers’ dollars,” said Gardner. “It strengthens the Energy Policy Modernization Act, a much-needed bipartisan, comprehensive overhaul of our energy policy, and I look forward to its passage on the Senate floor.”

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.