Hillary Clinton Proposes Energy Efficiency Plan

Clinton rolls out energy efficiency plan

The Hill, February 2, 2016. Image credit: fancycrave1

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Tuesday rolled out a plan to increase building energy efficiency standards as a way to cut emissions and save on energy costs.

The plan, her campaign said Tuesday, looks to improve building codes, provide more information about buildings’ energy usage and expand appliance energy labeling as ways to reduce energy consumption.

The proposal would save households and businesses $70 billion, or $600 per household, annually if implemented, Clinton’s campaign said, and reduce taxpayer spending on energy in federal buildings by $8 billion. Its goal is a one-third reduction in energy waste within 10 years.

The far-reaching plan also looks to lock in state policies it says are effective at cutting energy usage. The proposal features a host of grant programs, including those for cities to implement building codes that advance energy efficiency improvements and for states that phase out fuel oil and propane as home heating methods during the winter.

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