Monday, April 13, 2009

Vending Machines To Be More Energy Efficient

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would require vending machines on state property to be equipped with energy efficient lights has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican, was unanimously approved on Thursday. The companion bill is scheduled for the House subcommittee next week.

Under the proposal, vending machines would have to use "energy efficient lights for advertising or have the lights used solely for advertising removed."

Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen has said he wants to improve the state's clean energy standards and help reduce the state's per capita electricity consumption, which is among the country's highest.

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