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05/17/11

Sens. Shaheen, Portman Introduce a National Energy Efficiency Strategy

Update: On July 14, 2011, the Shaheen-Portman bill successfully passed the ENR Committee with an 18-3 vote. The bipartisan legislation, which could save the economy billions, now heads to Senate floor. View the latest on our July 14 press release, and learn more through our testimony at the June ENR Committee hearing.

 

At a Capitol Hill press conference on May 12, 2011, the Alliance’s honorary board chair Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced the introduction of a bill that would advance the use of energy efficiency to address the nation’s economic and energy challenges.

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000) of 2011 intends to increase the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of our economy, while fostering job creation.

“A national energy efficiency strategy, like the one we are introducing today, can make our economy more competitive, start addressing our nation’s energy challenges and create private sector jobs today. It is effective, it is bipartisan and it is affordable,” Shaheen said.

“This is a bipartisan effort to advance energy efficiency, one of the quickest and most affordable ways to lower energy costs for employers and consumers,” Portman said. “By making it easier for employers to utilize energy efficient tools, they can reduce costs, enabling them to use the savings to expand their companies and hire new workers. 

Saving Businesses and Consumers Money

  • Executives from Siemens and Owens Corning spoke in support of the S.1000 at the Alliance's May 12 press conference in front of the U.S. Capitol.

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act uses a variety of low-cost tools to reduce barriers for private sector energy users and drive adoption of off-the-shelf efficiency technologies that will save businesses and consumers money, make America more energy independent, and reduce emissions.

Enactment of S. 1000 would:

  • Boost private sector investment in building efficiency upgrades by expanding the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Guarantee program.
  • Help manufacturers reduce energy use and become more competitive by working with states to establish a revolving loan program to help finance efficiency upgrades.
  • Provide standards on outdoor lighting, residential heating and cooling systems, residential appliances, and other appliance products based on agreements between manufacturers and efficiency advocates.
  • Work with states to strengthen national model building codes to make new homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient.
  • Require the federal government – the single largest energy user in the country – to adopt energy saving techniques for computers, saving energy and taxpayer dollars, and adopt better building standards and smart metering technology.

Calling on Congress

  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen on Youtube's Town Hall segment

“The Alliance applauds senators Shaheen and Portman for their statesmanship in putting our economy, our energy security and our environment ahead of party politics. We urge Congress to follow their important lead by enacting the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 as quickly as possible,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan.

Shaheen and Portman, both members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, will work with Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M), who has promised to hold a hearing on the legislation in coming weeks.

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