Senate Begins Promising Start to Debate on Comprehensive Energy Bill
Release Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
A Statement from Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan
“The debate in the Senate on a comprehensive energy bill is off to an encouraging start. Early votes are providing important momentum that we hope will help propel this bill across the finish line in a bipartisan fashion. We were pleased to watch debate on the bill begin with the adoption of several amendments on a bipartisan basis. In particular, we applaud the vote in favor of dramatically increasing funding for ARPA-E. This move will direct more resources to support much-needed technologies and products into the pipeline, which our country needs to meet our goal of doubling America’s energy productivity by 2030.
“Many amendments are pending, and many more have been offered. A lot of work remains. Senators will continue to vote, shaping the legislation section by section. It is important for our country that the Senate continue on its current trajectory, under the stewardship of Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and pass meaningful, comprehensive energy legislation with robust energy efficiency provisions. American homeowners, consumers, and businesses stand to gain a great deal from such leadership. Moving to a modern energy economy requires sensibly-crafted policies across energy sectors. That is what this bill can provide. And that is something we can all get behind.”