Kerry and Lieberman are due to unveil their long awaited--and until Lindsay Graham's recent exit, nominally bipartisan--cap-and-trade bill this week. But in a less heralded move, Harry Reid indicated that he could do a smaller energy bill which would likely include national energy efficiency codes. According to EENews (subscription required):
The "smaller" proposal Reid referred to centers around legislation (S. 1462) the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved last June. The bill, which won the votes of four Republicans, would impose a national renewable electricity standard, overhaul federal financing for "clean energy" projects, establish a suite of efficiency measures, mandate new federal electricity-transmission siting power and allow wider oil and gas leasing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
So, even if cap-and-trade fails, this year may be a big one for federalizing green building regulations.