President Bush signs the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, at the Energy Department in Washington on December 19, 2007.
What’s in the new energy law?
- Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) – Raises average fleet fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.
- Renewable fuels – Expands the renewable fuels standard to 9 billion gallons in 2008 and increases it to 36 billion gallons by 2022.
- Biofuels – Requires the US to produce 21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol.
- Light bulbs – Increases national efficiency standards of light bulbs by 30 percent and phases out most types of incandescent bulbs by 2012-14.
- Green buildings – Mandates that federal buildings renovated or newly constructed in 2010 reduce their fossil-fuel-generated consumption by 55 percent in 2010 and 100 percent by 2030.