Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Energy & Environment

  • Letters & Testimony SMACNA, Others Encourage House to Support Tax Credits for Multiple Energy Technologies

    In a letter this week to Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Levin, SMACNA, as a member of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency (AIE), expressed its appreciation of the House's commitment to improving tax incentives to advance the development of clean energy in the U.S. The AIE looks forward to working with the House to provide long-term extensions for the technologies that were not included in the omnibus and tax legislation that passed this week. The tax agreement extends and gradually ramps down the production tax credit (PTC) for wind as ...

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  • Letters & Testimony SMACNA Supports The Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (S. 1656 / H.R. 2883)

    SMACNA is urging Congress to support The Master Limited Partnership (MLP) Parity Act (S. 1656/ H.R. 2883). This bi-partisan legislation, introduced by Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), has received multiple co-sponsors in both the Senate and House. This important bill would greatly expand financing options for energy saving performance contracting (ESPC), building retrofits, industrial market efficiency projects and combined heat and power/ waste heat to power (CHP/WHP) systems on a large scale. S. 1656 / H.R. 2883 simply expands the definition of “qualified” sources for MLP investments to ...

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  • Letters & Testimony SMACNA Encourages House, Senate to Support the POWER Act of 2015

    SMACNA is strongly urging both the House and Senate to support The Power Efficiency and Resiliency (POWER) Act of 2015 (H.R.2657 and S. 1516 respectively). The POWER Act is co-sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Robert Casey (D-PA). In the House, co-sponsors include Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY), Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) along with nearly four-dozen other bipartisan cosponsors. After decades of experience on the frontlines of energy efficient industrial and commercial construction, SMACNA membership has great enthusiasm for The POWER Act and its immediate impact if enacted into law. The legislation’s innovative approach ...

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  • Letters & Testimony SMACNA Urges House to Support H.R. 2177, The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2015

    SMACNA urges House support for passage of H.R. 2177, The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2015, introduced by Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT). SMACNA appreciates the outstanding leadership given national energy efficiency policy over recent years by Representatives McKinley and Welch, most recently represented by H.R. 2177. The legislation’s innovative, market-driven, and voluntary “best practices” approach has attracted widespread bipartisan support for good reason. It will inspire thousands of building owners (and tenants) to quickly embrace many of its featured energy efficiency measures for residential, commercial, public and industrial structures. H.R.2177 and its companion (S. ...

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  • News Capitol Hill Update ̶ Bipartisan POWER Act would include 30 percent tax credit for contractors

    SMACNA is pleased that a bipartisan group of House and Senate legislators introduced the Power Efficiency and Resiliency Act (POWER Act) in June. The bills (S. 1516/H. 2657) would ensure that industrial energy efficiency technologies—combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP)—are treated in a manner that is on par with other renewables covered by the investment tax credit.

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  • 2015 Issue Sheets 7. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act (S. 535) and The Better Buildings Act (H.R. 873)

    QCA Position: Congress should pass S. 535 / H.R. 873. Introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R – OH) and Jean Shaheen (D – NH) and Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). The Act would provide enhanced financing mechanisms and additional technical assistance to help residential, commercial, public and industrial facilities achieve greater building and operating energy efficiency as well as incentivize new technologies to reduce energy waste and lower operational costs. The Issue: According to the Energy Information Agency, the combined annual energy costs for U.S. commercial buildings and industrial facilities total more than $200 billion, and ...

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  • 2015 Issue Sheets 2. Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 720)

    Quality Construction Alliance Position: Congress should pass S. 720 introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R – OH) and Jean Shaheen (D – NH) or its House companion bill awaiting introduction by Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT). The Act would spur the use of energy efficiency technologies in residential, commercial, public and industrial sectors of our economy to achieve greater building and facilities operating energy efficiency as well as incentivize job creation. Issue: According to the Energy Information Agency, the combined annual energy costs for U.S. commercial buildings and industrial facilities total more than $200 billion, and more ...

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  • Welcome news! Bipartisan POWER Act introduced in House and Senate

    The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) is pleased that for the first time a bipartisan group of House and Senate legislators introduced the Power Efficiency and Resiliency Act (POWER Act) last week. The bills (S. 1516/H. 2657) would ensure that industrial energy efficiency technologies—combined heat and power, and waste heat to power—are treated in a manner that is on par with other renewables covered by the investment tax credit. SMACNA has long supported the investment tax credit (ITC) and other tax incentives for the construction of energy efficient power plants, combined heat and power facilities (CHP) ...

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  • Issue Briefs Commercial Building Tax Credit

    Buildings consume 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity in the United States, half of which is consumed by the commercial building sector. That’s more than $170 billion in energy bills per year for the commercial sector alone. SMACNA strongly supports increasing the energy efficiency of America’s commercial buildings.

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  • Issue Briefs Smart Buildings Act

    SMACNA supports the Smart Buildings Act, legislation amending the depreciation recovery period for energy efficient mechanical equipment for HVAC systems to improve environmental quality and reduce building operation expenses while saving energy.

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  • Issue Briefs Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Green Buildings

    SMACNA urges Congress to enact aggressive efficiency and alternative energy tax incentives, green building grant programs, high efficiency infrastructure investments and a federal procurement policy that encourages far greater energy efficiency and sustainability in commercial, residential and public buildings.

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