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House Passes Kinzinger-Eshoo Bill to Increase Government Energy Efficiency

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Washington, September 10, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Last night, the House passed bipartisan legislation by Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) that would increase energy efficiency at government data centers.
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Washington, DC –Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) to increase energy efficiency at government data centers. The legislation, H.R. 1420, the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act, directs federal agencies to harness best practices and energy-saving technologies to reduce energy use within the federal government’s data centers.

The importance of data centers in the everyday lives of Americans often goes unnoticed, but the federal government certainly depends on these energy-consuming servers as use continues to grow,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “The Energy Efficient Government Technology Act will deliver savings to the American taxpayers by increasing energy efficiency, reducing overall energy consumption, and eliminating e-waste in these data centers. I’m proud that the House passed this legislation again today and will continue to lead efforts to improve energy efficiency across the federal government.”

This legislation brings the federal government’s IT and data centers into the 21st century,” said Congresswoman Eshoo. “The government operates over 2,000 data centers to store everything from Social Security tax records to e-books at the Library of Congress, and the Department of Energy estimates that their energy usage could be slashed in half simply by implementing best practices and existing technologies.”

 

BACKGROUND

The Energy Efficient Government Technology Act requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collaborate with each federal agency to create a strategy for the maintenance, purchase, and use of energy efficient and energy saving information and communication technologies and practices. Examples of these technologies and practices include advanced metering infrastructure; efficient data center strategies; improving IT asset utilization levels; building energy management; and secure telework and travel substitution tools. These improvements at the federal government’s nearly 2,000 data centers will significantly reduce the government’s energy use and save billions in taxpayer dollars.

Similar versions of this legislation introduced by Representatives Kinzinger and Eshoo passed the House in 2016 and 2017 – and both passed with strong bipartisan support. More information on the legislation, now listed as H.R. 1420, can be found online here.


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