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Congressman Adam Kinzinger introduced bipartisan energy legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Kinzinger, along with a bipartisan trio of lawmakers from the House and Senate, introduced H.R. 3079, or the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2019.

The legislation encourages the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts, or ESPCs, and Utility Energy Savings Contracts, or UESCs, in federal buildings.

ESPCs and UESCs are innovative public public-private partnerships in which private companies use their own money and resources to make energy efficiency upgrades to federal buildings.

In exchange for making energy efficient upgrades, those private companies receive a portion of the money saved as a result of the increased efficiency in federal buildings.

H.R. 3079 would require projects be done and that at least half of the projects be paid for using ESPCs or UESCs.

It also expands the types of savings that can used to repay the contracts in order to keep pace with changes in technology and energy markets.

Kinzinger, in a statement, said the bipartisan, bicameral legislation is a commonsense solution to help end wasteful spending on inefficient energy practices in federal buildings and giving taxpayers the bill.