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Smith Votes for Energy Bill

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Location: Washington, DC

Smith Votes for Energy Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved energy legislation that will increase fuel economy standards and raise the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The Energy Independence and Security Act also requires increased energy efficiency standards for consumer appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and freezers, and requires the federal government to substitute energy-efficient lighting for incandescent bulbs.

"The legislation allows our country to become more energy efficient and less dependent on foreign oil," said Congressman Lamar Smith.

Congressman Lamar Smith's "SUN Act of 2007" is included in the energy bill. Smith's "SUN Act" establishes a competitive grant program to encourage state governments and private industry to team up to demonstrate solar technology and apply for federal grants.

"By encouraging communities to embrace solar energy we can increase demand for solar power, broaden our knowledge of the technology and eventually lower its costs," concluded Smith.

The bill also establishes a plug-in electric drive vehicle program to provide grants to state and local governments and other entities to encourage the use of plug-in vehicles.

"Americans are concerned about high gas prices, our dependence on foreign oil and global warming," said Congressman Smith. "Plug-in hybrid cars have the potential to address all three problems."

Texas ranks first in the nation in solar resource potential and by 2015, Texas will produce 5,880 megawatts of energy from renewable sources like solar power.

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