Tell Your Members of Congress to Support Energy Efficiency Standards
Dear Energy Efficiency Advocates:
As lawmakers open the 115th Congress, we need your help to protect energy efficiency standards that are currently at risk by “regulatory reform” efforts moving quickly through the House and Senate.
These are bipartisan standards first signed into law in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and supported by every president since then, yet they are being threatened by a sweeping anti-regulation campaign that could erase decades of progress. As a supporter of smart, practical energy efficiency policy, please take a moment today to contact your members of Congress and urge them to stand up for efficiency standards that make appliances and equipment more efficient and save American consumers and businesses billions of dollars a year in lower energy costs.
We’ve made it easy for you to contact your lawmakers. Fill out and submit the form below, and you will be taken to a pre-drafted letter, which you are free to edit as you wish and submit electronically to your U.S. senators and representative. It takes just a few minutes.
Very few federal policies have such a long-running and consistent bipartisan pedigree as efficiency standards. Starting with President Reagan, they have been updated three times since: in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush and 2005 and 2007 by President George W. Bush. Each time Congress improved and expanded these standards, it was done with bipartisan majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate and enacted into law by a Republican president.
But in this new political era, a policy’s history of bipartisanship only goes so far.
The House has already passed legislation aimed at restricting rulemaking by the federal government that would curb the ability of the Department of Energy, in close collaboration with manufacturers and efficiency stakeholders, to issue new standards under existing authorities provided by Congress. Pending proposals also would also make it easy for Congress, with little debate or public input, to eliminate existing standards that took years to develop. These efforts are expected to intensify in the coming weeks. The Alliance has been meeting with influential lawmakers to ensure they understand the benefits of energy efficiency standards—over $1.1 trillion in net utility bill savings for American consumers and businesses since 1987—and are aware of the risks of hasty regulatory changes. We also led a diverse coalition of 19 organizations and businesses last week in sending a letter supporting energy efficiency standards to leaders on Capitol Hill.
Please help us preserve this critical energy efficiency policy by contacting your representative and senators today with your support for cost-effective appliance and equipment standards.
Thank you for helping us and for your continued commitment to energy efficiency.