On Tuesday, an amendment offered by Representative Tammy Baldwin (WI-2) was adopted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee into the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) of 2009 (co-sponsored by Reps. Waxman and Markey).
This amendment would establish Building Assessment Centers (BAC) to train students to identify and implement energy efficiency opportunities in existing residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. The BACs would be modeled after the highly successful Industrial Assessment Center program. Furthermore, the amendment would establish "Centers for Energy and Environmental Knowledge and Outreach" to coordinate activities between the IACs, BACs, and Clean Energy Application Centers (formerly CHP Regional Application Centers).
ACEEE played a key role in the development of this amendment and we are thrilled that it was adopted.
Watch video of the amendment's introduction and adoption here.
The full ACES bill (H.R. 2454) passed out of committee last night. Its text can be viewed here.