Laws & Regulations

Summary of the Energy Independence and Security Act

Public Law 110-140 (2007)

Signed on December 19, 2007 by President Bush, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) aims to:

  • move the United States toward greater energy independence and security;
  • increase the production of clean renewable fuels;
  • protect consumers;
  • increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles;
  • promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options;
  • improve the energy performance of the Federal Government; and
  • increase U.S. energy security, develop renewable fuel production, and improve vehicle fuel economy.

EISA reinforces the energy reduction goals for federal agencies put forth in Executive Order 13423, as well as introduces more aggressive requirements. The three key provisions enacted are the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the appliance/lighting efficiency standards.

EPA is committed to developing, implementing, and revising both regulations and voluntary programs under the following subtitles in EISA, among others:

  • Increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
  • Federal Vehicle Fleets
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
  • Biofuels Infrastructure
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration