Proof Positive that Energy Efficiency is the "Sweet Spot" For Congress and For Our Country
Legislators from both sides of the aisle and both ends of the political spectrum agree on one thing: policies that advance energy efficiency in the U.S. are good for our economy, good for consumers and businesses, and good for our environment. The proof? Today the House of Representatives – which has been grid-locked on energy and climate issues – passed an energy efficiency bill with well over two thirds voting in favor.
Two visionary members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Alliance Honorary Vice Chair Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) championed the legislation (H.R. 2126) that is estimated by 2030 to yield roughly $640 million in annual energy savings as well as the creation of new jobs and significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Importantly, these national benefits will be realized with little cost to taxpayers and no government mandates.
How can so much be achieved with this legislation? Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest and most abundant national resource. And, the more our national leaders find ways to tap into this important resource, the more energy productive our economy will become. And, when we are move energy productive we are creating jobs and reducing emissions associated with energy production and use.
The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act delivers these important benefits to America by reducing energy use from the built environment, which is the largest consuming energy sector in our economy; encouraging energy efficiency practices in leased spaces; promoting energy efficiency in federal data centers; allowing the use of grid-enabled water heaters for demand response programs; and, spurring the benchmarking of energy usage in commercial buildings.
The Alliance believes that passage of this bipartisan bill will mark the beginning of a new era of bi-partisan cooperation on energy efficiency policies that will strengthen the U.S. economy, create jobs, enhance our environment and increase our energy security.
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