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Welch announces energy efficiency priorities

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Congressman Peter Welch says providing rebates to homeowners who retrofit their homes is 1 of the energy efficiency priorities he will pursue in Congress as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Welch said at a news conference in Rutland on Monday he will introduce legislation to provide a rebate of up to $8,000 to homeowners. The rebates will be scaled to provide greater savings for those who save more energy.

Welch said he is also working to advance legislation to increase a tax deduction that encourages commercial building owners to reduce energy consumption.

The Democratic congressman says he recently started a bipartisan caucus to build support in Congress for energy efficiency.

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