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Clean Energy and Lower Bills

Peter is the leading advocate in the House for investing in energy efficiency which will create jobs, cut energy bills, and reduce carbon emissions.

  • Dramatically increase federal investments in energy efficiency
  • Establish an aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency standard
  • Eliminate taxpayer subsidies for oil, nuclear, and corn ethanol industries
  • Fully fund low-income heating assistance and weatherization programs
  • Save taxpayer dollars by making schools and public buildings energy efficient

More on Clean Energy and Lower Bills

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Nine bills to boost energy efficiency and promote clean energy authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) were included in the comprehensive congressional climate action framework unveiled on Tuesday by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

June 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.), and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help save energy efficiency jobs during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The bill also includes rebates to help homeowners retrofit their homes to cut their monthly energy costs, stimulate the energy efficiency market for jobs and suppliers, and help protect the environment by investing in clean, efficient technology.

February 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has introduced legislation to make energy and natural gas usage data available to consumers. Allowing consumers to access information about how and when they use energy will allow them to make informed decisions to reduce their energy use.

January 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) today introduced legislation to authorize the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). 

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) introduced legislation to create a new federal grant program that will assist Vermonters seeking to upgrade their old, inefficient wood stoves to more economical and energy efficient models.

“Many Vermonters rely on wood stoves to stay warm through our long winters,” said Welch. “This common sense, bipartisan bill will help interested homeowners upgrade to more efficient modern stoves. Doing so will lower heating bills and help the environment.”

September 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced the Building Efficiently Act of 2019, a bill to encourage property developers to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings they work on. The bill would extend residential construction tax credits that expired in 2017 and expand them to rental properties.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation identical to the bipartisan energy efficiency bill introduced in the Senate last week by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

"Energy efficiency is a practical, non-partisan idea that saves money, puts people to work, creates demand for American-made products, and improves the environment," said Rep. Welch. "This bill is a common sense idea whose time has come."

July 24, 2019 Press Release

(WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will receive a $3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to purchase electric buses and charging stations to be used in Vermont’s Upper Valley.  They had written last year to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of the grant.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2019, legislation that encourages the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESCs) in federal buildings.

April 3, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), joined by Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), today introduced bipartisan legislation that will create incentives for homeowners to invest in energy efficiency improvements. The Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to take up their bill in the near future.