Welch talks energy efficiency in Rutland
Rep. Peter Welch traveled to Rutland on Monday and outlined several priorities he will pursue in the upcoming session, including a proposal to help people make their homes more energy efficient.
The Demcoratic congressman, speaking at the future Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center at 68 Merchants Row, formerly the Eastman Building, also proposed assisting owners of commercial buildings in making their facilities more energy efficient as well as the need to push the federal government in the same direction.
In order to implement these initiatives, three pieces of legislation would be vital, Welch said. First, the HOMES Act would provide help to homeowners wishing to retrofit their homes for energy efficiency, he said.
Focusing on commercial buildings, Welch spoke of the need to reform the 179D Commercial Tax Credit.
“This is something that’s really important to our building owners, especially the larger buildings, to invest in energy efficiency,” Welch said. “Again, it’s the jobs, the made in America manufacturing, it’s the climate change benefits and saving money benefits.”
Finally, Welch outlined Energy Saving Performance Contracts, which would allow the federal government and private sector to partner and implement energy efficient upgrades - at no cost to the taxpayer.
Welch, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, will continue his tour in Montpelier later this week and as well as in stops Chittenden County where he will outline health care and telecommunication issues.