07/26/13

Letter to Senate Leadership on Shaheen-Portman (S. 761)

July 26, 2013

 

The Honorable Harry Reid                                         The Honorable Mitch McConnell                  

Majority Leader                                                          Republican Leader

S-221, The Capitol                                                      S-230, The Capitol

Washington, DC  20510                                             Washington, DC  20510

 

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell,

As a broad coalition of energy efficiency and environmental organizations, small and large businesses, trade associations, and public interest groups, we urge you to bring the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 761) to the floor for a vote as soon as possible. 

As the quickest, cheapest, and cleanest way to tackle domestic energy demand, energy efficiency measures contribute more toward meeting this need than any other resource.  Wasted energy not only weakens our national competitiveness on a global scale, but also compounds the financial burdens of businesses and consumers while making our energy systems less resilient.  Without the numerous energy efficiency improvements made since 1973, the United States would require an additional 50 percent more energy to power the current economy.[1] 

We strongly believe that S. 761 would help meet America’s goals of increasing energy productivity, enhancing energy security, reducing harmful emissions and promoting economic growth in a financially responsible manner.  Sponsored by Senators Shaheen and Portman, this bipartisan bill, which was favorably reported by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this year, would apply practical, cost-effective measures to address energy consumption, and spur private sector utilization of energy efficiency technologies across the residential, commercial and industrial segments of the economy. 

It is also important to note that the assessment of the energy savings and jobs generated by the previously considered version of this legislation (S. 1000) that was conducted last year by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) still applies to the current bill (S. 761) as it contains several similar provisions.  The 2012 analysis estimates that by 2030 the Shaheen-Portman bill would save American households and businesses $20 billion annually in cumulative net energy costs and create 159,000 net domestic jobs.  ACEEE’s report also indicates that the measure (S. 1000) would cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the United States by 108 million metric tons in 2030, which would be the equivalent of removing more than 21 million cars off the road. 

Energy efficiency has always been a bipartisan issue.  Moreover, it helps facilitate the manufacture and deployment of products and systems at home rather than abroad, results in exceptional savings for businesses and consumers that pay for themselves relatively quickly, and affords Congress the opportunity to assist the economy without undue cost or regulatory burden at this critical moment.  For these reasons, we urge you to schedule the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency initiative for a vote on the floor in the near future so that Americans can begin reaping the benefits this proposal would yield.

Sincerely,

Alliance to Save Energy

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

ABM

Acuity Brands

Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

American Public Power Association

ASHRAE

Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions

Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing

Ceres

Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)

Conservation Services Group

Copper Development Association

Council of North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Danfoss

Digital Energy and Sustainable Solutions Campaign

ENE

Energy Future Coalition

EnerNOC, Inc.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Federal Performance Contracting Coalition

Fresh Energy

Geauga Mechanical Co., Inc.

Green Strategies, Inc. 

Grundfos

Habitat for Humanity International

Honeywell

Illuminating Engineering Society

Ingersoll Rand

Institute for Market Transformation

Intelliroof

Interfaith Power and Light

International Copper Association

International District Energy Association

Johns Manville

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Knauf Insulation

Large Public Power Council

Legrand

Masco Corporation

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

National Association for State Community Services Programs

National Association of Energy Service Companies

National Association of State Energy Officials

National Community Action Foundation

National Grid

National Roofing Contractors Association

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

NW Energy Coalition

Orion Energy Systems

Owens Corning

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Philips

Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA)

Rebuilding Together

Recycled Energy Development

Rinnai

Robert Bosch, LLC

Schneider Electric

Seattle City Light

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc.

Siemens

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Southern Environmental Law Center

The Dow Chemical Company

The Stella Group, Ltd.

U.S. Green Building Council

United Technologies

Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc.

 

Cc:       The Honorable Ron Wyden

            The Honorable Lisa Murkowski

            The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen

            The Honorable Rob Portman

           

 

[1] Alliance to Save Energy, “America’s Greatest Resource,” 2011. http://ase.org/resources/energy-efficiency-americas-greatest-energy-resource