Legislation introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
The House passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Kinzinger to increase energy efficiency at government data centers. The legislation, H.R. 1420 or the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act, directs federal agencies to harness best practices and energy-saving technologies to reduce energy use within the federal government’s data centers.
The measure requires the Office of Management and Budget to collaborate with each federal agency to create a strategy for the maintenance, purchase, and use of energy-efficient and energy-saving information and communication technologies and practices.
Kinzinger said the legislation will deliver savings to the American taxpayers by increasing energy efficiency, reducing overall energy consumption, and eliminating e-waste in these data centers. He added these improvements at the federal government’s nearly 2,000 data centers will significantly reduce the government’s energy use and save billions in taxpayer dollars.
Similar versions of this legislation introduced by Kinzinger passed the House in 2016 and 2017 – and both passed with strong bipartisan support.