Federal Policy

The EEBC policy committee meets monthly to discuss federal legislation that affects the energy efficiency industry. In some cases, EEBC offers support to legislation that positively affects our industry. This support can be letters of support or providing policy makers with recommendations that best support a healthy energy efficiency industry in Colorado.

Below are links to recent federal legislation that could have a significant impact on the energy efficiency industry.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015

On July 22, 2015, Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) unveiled the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s broad, bipartisan energy bill. Focused on a wide range of national energy opportunities and challenges, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 shows what is possible when Senators work together and strive to reach agreement. Article continues

 5.2016: SAVE Act Will Lower Consumers Energy Bills and Mortgage Rates

U.S. Senate passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 this energy legislation package is going to have a major impact on Coloradans and will helps our entire state move toward energy independence and a wise use of our resources.

Bipartisan Codes Bill Looks to Promote Energy Savings

The Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act would create a baseline that will govern energy efficiency building regulations without causing undue financial burden to homeowners and home builders. For more information, visit

Bipartisan Energy Codes Bill a Boon for Consumers

Bipartisan Codes Bill Looks to Promote Energy Savings

EPA's Clean Power Plan

The EPA has proposed new federal regulations on power plants that will limit the amount of carbon emissions. Energy efficiency is the most cost effective, cleanest, and least risky resource available to electric utilities to comply with the Clean Power Plan. Energy efficiency offers the best “bang for your buck” in terms of energy savings, dollar savings, and total carbon emissions reductions for every dollar invested. EEBC supports expanding energy efficiency programs and policies to meet the state's carbon emissions reductions goals. For more information, visit our Clean Power Plan page.

25C Tax Credit

Tax credits to a home owner for an incremental energy efficiency improvement in the home (windows, insulation, etc.). The 25C tax credit expired at the end of 2013.  EEBC supports extending the 25C tax credit, updating it to match efficiency levels in today's products, and extending it to include labor costs as eligible under the credit (the previous credit only allowed for a credit toward material costs).

Financing and PACE Alternatives

EEBC supports providing a variety of traditional and creative financing options for customers to use for energy efficiency retrofits.


The SAVE Act [S. 1106], introduced on June 6, 2013 by Senators Bennet (D-Colo.) and Isakson (R-Ga.), is legislation to improve the accuracy of mortgage underwriting used by federal mortgage agencies by including a home's expected energy cost savings when determining the value and affordability of energy efficient homes. Utility bills are usually larger than either real estate taxes or homeowners insurance, but they are currently ignored in mortgage underwriting. For more information, visit
• The SAVE Act: Making Homes Efficient and Affordable

Performance-Based Incentives

A "performance path" offers an incentive to households that choose to conduct a comprehensive energy audit and then implement a variety of measures that are designed together to provide greater total returns in energy savings. The performance path means that state-of-the-art building science is used to identify problems, present solutions and deliver verifiable energy savings, generating confidence among homeowners and investors alike. This technology-neutral approach is based on performance, not specific products, so market forces will direct funds to solutions that achieve the best results. A certified professional with accreditation from the Building Performance Institute (BPI), the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) or an approved equivalent conducts an energy audit before work begins, and a test-out when the performance retrofit is complete. Consumers receive incentives based on their modeled energy savings.



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