As expected, the energy bill that’s been bouncing around Congress for a while will not be acted on this year, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office.

“The conferees were not able to come to agreement on various outstanding issues in time for the House to consider a conference report,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an email, according to Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) News.

A congressional conference committee had been working to sort out differences between a House energy bill that passed in December 2015 and the Senate’s version, which was approved in April.

The revised House bill would have included extra energy and natural resources items, but it didn’t have an amendment from the Senate bill that is strongly supported by WDMA. That measure would have directed the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to use energy-efficiency savings from doors, windows and skylights when determining eligibility for an FHA-insured mortgage.

However, the revised House bill did contain an amendment supported by WDMA that would have defined the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) in developing new energy codes and guaranteed that some products and technologies don’t receive preferential treatment. It also would have promoted efficiency targets for buildings that strike the proper cost-benefit balance, and stops DOE from supporting any code or standard change with a payback period of more than ten years.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told Morning Consult that negotiations had shifted toward a series of natural resources measures.

“We’d like to get it done even though it’s quite slimmed down and it’s much more of a natural resources bill at this time,” said Barrasso, who’s a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

 

 

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