Gardner Amendment Promotes Energy Efficiency at the VA
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is once again pushing legislation that will make it easier for the private sector to help government buildings become more energy efficient at no cost to taxpayers.
“This amendment pushes the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify ways in which their facilities could be more energy efficient,” Gardner said. “That’s a step that then allows them to participate in Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) with private companies. These contracts not only help government buildings become more energy efficient, but they also create private sector jobs and save taxpayers money when the electric bill comes due.”
ESPCs are contracts between the federal government and a private company. Under an ESPC, an energy service company is responsible for arranging private sector financing for making energy-efficiency improvements to public buildings. The company must guarantee that project improvements will produce energy savings sufficient to pay for the project, and only receives payment for the project if those performance guarantees are met.
Gardner’s amendment asks the VA to post online the opportunities where ESPCs can be used. Congress has already directed all federal agencies to audit their facilities for opportunities to improve energy efficiency. Yet, federal agencies government-wide, including the VA, are falling short. These amendments help Congress enforce the law that is already in place.
Earlier this month, Gardner offered a similar amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.