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Capitol Hill Update: Performance-based contracting equals energy savings

Jul 6, 2017

capitol hillIn 2011, federal agencies were directed to issue more than $2 billion worth of performance-based contracting for energy savings over a two-year period. SMACNA supported that directive and now urges the administration to extend this program for another five years. Many of SMACNA contractors specialize in performance contracting at the local, state and federal levels. 

In letters to all members of the U.S. House and Senate, SMACNA expressed enthusiastic support for S. 239 / H.R. 723, “The Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017.” It was noted that under the performance contract financing mechanism, private sector service companies finance and install new energy- and water-efficient equipment at minimal or no upfront cost to the federal government.  

House passes SMACNA-endorsed bill to boost energy retrofits in schools  

Serious problems with school buildings and educational infrastructure are widespread throughout the nation with about 14 million students attending schools needing extensive repair. 

In recent years SMACNA has endorsed and actively promoted a targeted, bipartisan bill, H.R. 627, The Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2017. The legislation would create a one-stop-shop clearinghouse to disseminate information regarding available federal programs and financing mechanisms to help initiate, develop, and finance energy efficiency, distributed generation, and energy retrofitting projects for schools. Importantly, this legislation does not require additional spending and does not create any new federal programs. Now the bill moves on to the Senate where passage could occur before the fall. 

SMACNA promotes airport improvements that support jobs and infrastructure  

America’s airports are very powerful economic engines in their communities, generating more than $1.1 trillion in annual activity and supporting over 10 million jobs. According to the most recent infrastructure needs survey conducted by Airports Council International-North America, airports of all sizes face $100 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next five years. Unfortunately, our too-often antiquated aviation infrastructure cannot keep pace with this overwhelming demand—and U.S. airports remain overcrowded and cramped, thus generally far behind our competitors in other countries. 

SMACNA has endorsed passage of a number of airport improvement amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation, including language supporting uncapping the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).  

SMACNA and the airport infrastructure coalition urged these provisions be included in any FAA reauthorization legislation that passes Congress. Although the PFC reform is a critical element to meet vital airport project financing needs, a comprehensive federal airport infrastructure program must pass this year before the long list of airport investments can be adequately addressed. 

Show your support and take action on these issues and more on SMACNA’s Advocacy webpage.