Clean Energy Innovation Policy in Congress: The Smart Energy Act of 2012

February 16, 2012

The next ten and half months hold little promise of Congress producing a coherent national clean energy strategy. The same legislative gridlock over the federal budget that stalled debate on key issues last year looks to come back in force this year as well. But that doesn’t mean high-impact clean energy policy can’t be implemented. Take for example, Congressman Charles Bass’s (R-NH) recently introduced Smart Energy Act – a bipartisan bill aimed at leveraging the federal government’s 445,000 buildings to act as a “first adopter” of innovative, new energy efficiency technologies.