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Boston energy, water use law approved

The City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that will require large commercial and residential building owners to report annual energy and water use to the city, which in turn will make the information public.

The measure was spearheaded by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and backed by environmental advocates in hopes it will lead property owners to make buildings more energy efficient. It passed on a 9-to-4 vote, despite opposition by real estate interests.

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