Governor signature needed to update Alabama’s energy code

The first bit of energy legislation has been sent to Governor Bob Riley for his signature.

Last week, the Alabama House adopted a bill 101-0 that would upgrade the state’s residential energy codes to comply with federal energy and building guidelines. This includes requiring the newly dubbed Alabama Energy and Residential Codes to adhere to the 2006 Edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, replacing the 1993 energy policy the codes follow now.

The legislation would also expand the membership of Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board to 17 members. This board, which has served in an advisory capacity until now, would “exercise sole authority with respect to all matters pertaining to the acceptance, adoption, and implementation of the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes.” With the governor’s signature, an update to the residential building codes and a stronger code board would be a reality.

Also, the Alabama Trails Commission took another step to becoming a reality last week as well. The Rep. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, sponsored bill passed the Senate Government Affairs Committee 10-0 on March 2. It awaits passage by the full Senate before it goes to the governor for his signature.

Finally, last week we learned that Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, plans to reintroduce his $1 billion for roads bill. After five days of debate in late January and early February, Barron did not have enough votes to pass the bill and removed it from consideration. Barron feels like he has the votes now and will take up the measure again Thursday. If however he doesn’t have the support, it will be very difficult to try a third time with the limited time remaining this legislative session.


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