Federal Climate Change Legislation


The Cantwell-Collins Bill: ''Carbon Limits and Energy for America's Renewal (CLEAR) Act'' for Carbon Mitigation and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy


For more information, please see the following:

S. 1733: Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act

Sponsor: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)


  • Comprehensive climate bill in the Senate
  • Not yet clear how a cap-and-trade system under the bill would affect district energy/CHP

 Bill Full-Text: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-1733

H.R 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Sponsor: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)


  • Comprehensive climate bill in the House of Representatives
  • Not yet clear how a cap-and-trade system under the bill would affect district energy/CHP

Bill Full-Text: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-2454

IDEA Briefing: "The Role of District Energy/Combined Heat and Power in Energy and Climate Policy Solutions"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

On April 21, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing to discuss how district energy systems are able to utilize combined heat and power (CHP) as well as renewable and surplus heat resources and the enormous potential for such projects across the country. The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently cited district energy/CHP as a "key near term strategy for cutting carbon emissions." This briefing explored how urban systems and university campuses are currently operating highly efficient district energy/CHP systems to control operating costs, enhance reliability and reduce community greenhouse gas emissions. The panel also discussed pending energy and climate legislation and its potential impact on the district energy/CHP industry, as well as existing policies intended to support development of district energy/CHP systems, including Sections 471 and 451 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).

Speakers for this event included:



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