In a 32-to-17 vote, the Chicago City Council passed the energy use benchmarking measure proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanual earlier this year. The new law requires owners of commercial, residential and municipal buildings over 50,000 square feet to track and verify energy consumption using the EPA’s Portfolio Manager, starting in 2014. The information about individual buildings will be publicly available starting in 2015.
The Chicago Building Owners and Managers Association opposed mandating public disclosure of energy usage, saying it would penalize older buildings in terms of competitiveness. But proponents say there are no mandatory requirements to improve energy efficiency, only a requirement to benchmark energy efficiency, which could provide valuable information about energy waste.
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