Alliance Applauds Sens. Warner and Manchin, State Efficiency Competition

Release Date: Friday, June 21, 2013

Initiative will Help States Reach Energy 2030 Goal to Double Energy Productivity

The Alliance to Save Energy applauds Honorary Board Chair and Co-chair of the bipartisan Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for introducing a bill to create, fund, and implement an energy productivity competition for states. The concept was a key pillar of the Commission's consensus-based Energy 2030 recommendations to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

“Once again, Mark Warner is leading the charge on energy efficiency, and having personally led the Commission, this major step must be especially rewarding for him,” Alliance president Kateri Callahan said. “It’s inspiring and exciting to see the ideas and strategies we worked on for more than a year being translated into reality.”

The Race to the Top-style competition, which was embraced by President Obama in his State of the Union and 2014 budget, aims to promote innovation in energy efficiency at the state and local levels of government. By providing the tools and funding needed for states to implement tailored energy efficiency programs, the competition will keep more money in local communities, save taxpayer dollars, and reduce families’ energy bills.

 

“This initiative lets us bring energy efficiency to where the rubber hits the road. By empowering our states and local communities to take a leadership role, this friendly competition can make a difference right where it really matters,” Sen. Warner said.

 

“Senator Warner practices what he preaches, and that’s why we wanted him to help lead our bipartisan Commission,” Callahan said. “This makes all the hard-work over the past year worth it, and I look forward to continue working with him and other Senators to get this bill across the finish line and to the president’s desk.” 

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