Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation Introduced in the U.S. Senate

Includes Significant Water Efficiency Provisions

2009-10-01

Comprehensive climate change legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Barbara Boxer, D-CA, and John Kerry, D-MA, on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, includes significant water efficiency provisions.  Committee hearings on the 800+ page bill, the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act,” are expected to begin this month as the bill moves forward to the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.  

The Water Efficiency provisions in the bill include: 

  • Section 141 authorizes EPA’s WaterSense program – the voluntary program for labeling water-efficient high-performance products and services.
  • Section 142 directs Federal agencies to make cost-effective water-efficient procurement decisions by purchasing WaterSense or Federal Energy Management Program certified products whenever possible.
  • Section 143 authorizes grants to eligible entities for programs offering incentives to consumers who purchase and install water-efficient products and services such as those labeled under WaterSense program.

(OF NOTE:  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, recently introduced S. 1712, a “stand-alone” bill similar to the water efficiency provisions included in this comprehensive climate bill.)

This just introduced Senate bill is a “starting point,” a working draft from which the complex legislative process will begin.  Expect many changes in this draft including, perhaps, the release of yet another version of the legislation, in the form of a “chairman’s mark,” by Senator Boxer later this Fall.

The Alliance will continue to monitor this legislation and post updates on it's Legislative Watch web page

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