Committee Passes Alexander-Cosponsored Bipartisan Energy Saving Legislation

Knoxville Building Illustrates Lower Costs, Cleaner Air, Fewer Greenhouse Gases

Posted on March 29, 2007

The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, upon which U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander sits, today approved Alexander-cosponsored legislation that would have the federal government follow the example of a federal office building in Knoxville and become a leader in reducing building energy costs. “This is the way to lead,” Alexander said. “The Committee worked with the Administration on a bipartisan basis, and the federal government will lead in testing new lighting technologies to achieve a goal that everyone agrees is important -- reducing energy use in federal and local government buildings.” The John J. Duncan Federal Building in Knoxville was recently retrofitted with advanced lighting technologies, resulting in significant energy savings. Such retrofits translate directly into savings of taxpayer dollars, cleaner air, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The Public Building Cost Reduction Act of 2007 (S. 992) is a response to the fact that buildings account for about 40 percent of the total energy used in the United States, and as much as 70 percent of the electricity.