Members introduce rural utility loan bill designed to spur energy efficiency efforts

Supporters said the bill would create between 20,000 and 40,000 jobs. Rural co-op officials said efficiency programs may mean utilities won’t have to build new power plants to meet the electricity demands of their customers, avoding new carbon dioxide emissions most scientists say are warming the planet.

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The bill number in the House is h.r. 4785, although at the time of this post, the measure had not been added to the Thomas legislative database.