Friday, July 27, 2018
BOMA International Advocacy Update: ENERGY STAR® Preserved in Appropriations Bills
ENERGY STAR® Preserved in Appropriations Bills
In a recent legislative victory for BOMA, both the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committees passed their Interior, Environment and Related Agencies 2019 Appropriations Bills. Included in the bills, and accompanying report language, is funding for the ENERGY STAR® program, which includes the popular Portfolio Manager® tool.
Previously, the Trump administration called for the elimination of ENERGY STAR and later for the program to be funded as a user-fee system. BOMA opposed both proposals and vigorously defended the merits of ENERGY STAR and called on Congress to preserve funding for this important program.
Our efforts have proved successful, and language was inserted in the appropriations report to preserve the program and continue funding at its current level. The bills will now go to the full House and Senate for a potential floor vote. We will continue to advocate for the program as the process moves forward.