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Sherman Amends the Green Act to Promote Plug-in Vehicles

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On Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Green Act (H.R. 6078) including Congressman Brad Sherman's (CA-27) amendment to the Green Act to promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles, both plug-in hybrids and pure electrical.

The Green Act is designed to encourage energy efficiency in buildings. Congressman Sherman's amendment states that for any newly-constructed residential buildings to qualify as meeting "green" standards, such structures would need to have appropriate electrical outlets to recharge a vehicle in the garage or carport. Today most garages have an electrical outlet, but carports normally do not.

"If ‘green' vehicles are to flourish on our roadways, we need to have the proper infrastructure in place where drivers can recharge them. My amendment would help to create the required infrastructure to support expanded use of electrical vehicles."


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