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Greenhouse Gas Legislation: Summary and Analysis of H.R. 2454 as Reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Greenhouse Gas Legislation: Summary and Analysis o

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By Mark Holt (au); Gene Whitney (au)
Year: 2009
Pages: 107
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 1437918786

Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on H.R. 2454, the Am. Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which was introduced May 15, 2009, by Representatives Waxman and Markey, and was subsequently modified and ordered reported by the House Comm. on Energy and Commerce on May 21, 2009. The bill was reported (amended) June 5 (H.Rept. 111-137, Part I). H.R. 2454 contains provisions that would amend the Clean Air Act to establish a cap-and-trade system designed to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83% below 2005 levels by 2050. The market-based approach would establish an absolute cap on the emissions and would allow trading of emissions permits (“allowances”). The bill contains energy efficiency provisions that cover grants, standards, rebates and other programs for buildings, lighting and commercial equipment, water-using equipment, wood stoves, industrial equipment, and healthcare facilities. It contains several provisions related to vehicles and fuels, including incentives to produce plug-in vehicles and other advanced technology vehicles. The bill would also establish a “cash-for clunkers” program, providing new vehicle purchasers and lessees with vouchers worth up to $4,500 for a new, more efficient vehicle to replace an older, less efficient vehicle, and directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish greenhouse gas emissions standards for various transportation sectors. The bill requires EPA to develop a unified national strategy for addressing the key legal and regulatory barriers to deployment of commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration. The legislation would amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to create an integrated energy efficiency and renewable electricity standard starting in 2011, requiring retail electricity suppliers to meet 20% of their electricity demand through renewable energy sources and energy efficiency by 2020. The bill provides for smart grid technologies, including products that can be equipped with smart grid capability, requirements for electric power retailers to reduce their peak loads using smart grid and other energy efficient technologies, and requirements that power suppliers ensure that utility smart grid systems will be compatible with plug-in electric drive vehicles.

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