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Dr. Bucshon Advances Legislation Promoting Reliable, Affordable Approaches to Clean Energy

WASHINGTON – Today, in a markup held in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee, U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN-08) had two pieces of legislation that he has authored – the Affordable HOMES (Housing Over Mandated Efficiency Standards) Act and the Advanced Reactor Fee Reduction Act – advance out of the subcommittee and get one step closer to the House floor. As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Dr. Bucshon has continually rejected the Biden administration’s rush-to-green agenda, emphasizing that our nation’s energy policy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game and that’s why we need an all-of-the-above approach to support economic growth and secure our grid’s reliability while limiting government overreach. 


Affordable HOMES (Housing Over Mandated Efficiency Standards) Act
There is currently an existing regulatory framework, centered at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that addresses both construction and installation, as well as testing, compliance, and enforcement standards in a way that balances the goals of safety, efficiency, and cost to the millions of American households seeking access to the affordable housing option that manufactured homes represent.

HUD is the correct agency to oversee efficiency regulation on manufactured homes, not the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

The Affordable HOMES Act would: 

  • Repeal Section 413 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 and would ensure that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Manufactured Housing will have no force or effect.

This legislation has received strong support from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) which is the only national trade association that represents every segment of the factory-built housing industry. In 2022, the manufacturing homes industry produced nearly 113,000 homes, accounting for approximately 11 percent of new single-family home starts. More than 30 percent of these new homes were Energy Star certified and even more were built to meet or exceed those standards.

Advanced Reactor Fee Reduction Act
Dr. Bucshon has garnered strong bipartisan support for this legislation within the Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee.

The Advanced Reactor Fee Reduction Act would:

  • Amend the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, to update the fees charged by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for advanced reactor applicants, in hopes of removing some of the barriers to participation for first of a kind technology. 

  Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. represents Indiana’s 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives and is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.