Legislation for Energy Production from Warner

Sen. Mark R. Warner

Published June 27, 2013

Dr. Tyra Oldham, LANDsds Sustainable Voice News

The look at legislation on energy production provides insight into capacity building and view on the shift of resources to energy development. U.S. Sen. Mark R. “Warner introduces energy productivity legislation” (D-Va.) for states to plan on energy capacity building.

Augusta Free Press wrote, “The proposal was triggered by research that shows the United States currently wastes more energy than it uses. A whopping 57 percent of the energy flowing into our economy is simply wasted as heat, noise, and leaks, costing U.S. businesses and households an estimated $130 billion per year, according to the Alliance to Save Energy, a bipartisan group co-chaired by Sen. Warner which recommended creating, funding and implementing an energy productivity competition for states in its Energy 2030 recommendations.

The funding allocation will support “Up to 25 states to compete for a combined $60 million to develop innovative energy productivity programs and policies. States must demonstrate how the money would be spent, how the savings and increased energy productivity will be measured, and how the public dollars can be leveraged through cooperative efforts with utilities. Eighteen months after the initial allocation to 25 states, an additional $105 million would be divided among no more than six additional states to continue implementation of energy productivity efforts, including adoption of “best practices” spearheaded by the initial group of 25 states.”

The issue with subsidies is the accountability versus the allocation. Each state would receive essentially, $2.4 million over a period to develop this wide spread state program aggregating the counties, process, analyses and development under this one funding source.

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