Today, as the nation marks Earth Day the House Financial Services Committee passed the Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods (GREEN) Act (H.R. 2336) which includes language authored by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) to promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles, both plug-in hybrids and pure electric.
Congressman Sherman's amendment states that for any newly-constructed residential buildings to qualify as meeting "green" building standards, such structures will need to have appropriate electrical outlets with the capacity to recharge an electric passenger vehicle in the garage or carport. Today, many residences do not have outlets with the capability to charge an electric vehicle where that vehicle would normally be parked.
"We need to promote alternate energy sources for the vehicles we drive. If "green' vehicles are to flourish on our roadways, we need to have the proper residential infrastructure in place so that drivers can recharge their vehicles at home," Sherman said. "This legislation will help create the required infrastructure to support expanded use of electric vehicles."
Now having passed the Committee, the GREEN Act will go to the full House of Representatives for approval and then to the Senate for its consideration.