Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Critical Barriers and Congressional Policy

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Federal policymakers are debating a range of potential initiatives for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. energy sources. An overarching policy issue which arises from carbon control proposals is how the CO2 reduction targets could be achieved. One method that has garnered significant attention is increasing the electricity efficiency in buildings. Analysts have identified a number of critical socioeconomic and policy barriers which have historically limited the impact of federal and state
building efficiency programs. This report describes those barriers, the degree to which federal law has addressed them, and their implications for meeting future U.S. carbon reduction targets.

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Creation Date: June 24, 2009
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Parfomak, Paul W.

Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy

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Sissine, Fred

Specialist in Energy Policy

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Fischer, Eric A.

Senior Specialist in Science and Technology

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: June 24, 2009
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Federal policymakers are debating a range of potential initiatives for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. energy sources. An overarching policy issue which arises from carbon control proposals is how the CO2 reduction targets could be achieved. One method that has garnered significant attention is increasing the electricity efficiency in buildings. Analysts have identified a number of critical socioeconomic and policy barriers which have historically limited the impact of federal and state
building efficiency programs. This report describes those barriers, the degree to which federal law has addressed them, and their implications for meeting future U.S. carbon reduction targets.

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21 pages.

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