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In Case You Missed It: Coalition Calls for Vote on Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

April 29, 2014

(Washington, DC) – As bipartisan momentum builds behind Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman’s (R-OH) efforts to pass a comprehensive energy efficiency bill, a coalition of 85 business, industry, environmental and public interest groups are urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the bipartisan legislation to the floor for a vote. In the group’s letter, the coalition notes that the legislation “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.”

A study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) will help create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16.2 billion a year, and cut CO2 emissions and other air pollutants by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road – all by 2030.

The full text of the coalition’s letter is included below:

April 28, 2014

The Honorable Harry Reid

Majority Leader

S-221, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Minority Leader

S-230, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority 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. 2074) to the floor for a vote as soon as possible.

S. 2074, introduced on February 27, 2014 by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Rob Portman, 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. The new version of this bipartisan bill addresses energy savings in the federal government—the nation’s largest energy consumer—and includes new provisions that expand energy efficiency savings and benefits to all sectors of the U.S. economy, from schools and homes, to commercial buildings, industry, and manufacturing.

Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, and cleanest way to tackle domestic energy demand. Wasted energy not only weakens our national competitiveness on a global scale, but also compounds the financial burdens of businesses and consumers. An analysis of the new bill by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that by 2030, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act would create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16 billion a year, and cut carbon dioxide by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road.[1]

Energy efficiency has always been a bipartisan issue. By fully deploying the power of energy efficiency, we can help create new jobs, save energy and money, and reduce carbon emissions. This legislation affords Congress the opportunity to assist the economy without undue cost or regulatory burden.

For these reasons, we urge you to schedule the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act for a vote in the near future so that Americans can begin reaping the many benefits of energy efficiency.

Sincerely,

Alliance to Save Energy

A.O. Smith

ACEC

ACEEE

Acuity Brands

AHRI

Air Barrier Association of America

Alliance for Industrial Efficiency

American Chemistry Council

American Gas Association

American Public Power Association

ASHRAE

Association of Energy Engineers

BASF

Big Ass Solutions

Brayer Corporation

Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Business Roundtable

Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association

Conservation Services Group

Copper Development Association

Council of North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Cree

Danfoss

DESSC

The Dow Chemical Company

Dow Corning Corporation

Earth Day Network

Edison Electric Institute

EIFS Industry Members Association

Energy Future Coalition

Enterprise Community Partners

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

Grundfos

Habitat for Humanity International

Honeywell

Illuminating Engineering Society

IMT

Information Technology Industry Council

Ingersoll Rand

Interfaith Power & Light

International Association of Lighting Designers

Johns Manville

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Kingspan Insulated Panels

Knauf Insulation

Large Public Power Council

Legrand

Lockheed Martin

LonMark International

Manufactured Housing Institute

Masco

NAESCO

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Nalco (an Ecolab Company)

National Association for State Community Services Program

National Association of Electrical Distributors

National Association of State Energy Officials

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

National Electrical Manufacturers Association

National Fenestration Rating Council

National Grid

National Insulation Association

National Roofing Contractors Association

OSRAM SYLVANIA

Owens Corning

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Philips

Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA)

Praxair, Inc.

Rebuilding Together

Rinnai

Schneider Electric

Seattle City Light

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc.

Siemens

The Stella Group, Ltd.

United Technologies Corp.

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

The Vinyl Institute

Vinyl Siding Institute

Washington Gas

Whirlpool

Window and Door Manufacturers Association

cc: Members of the U.S. Senate

 

 

 


[1] American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, “Savings and Jobs in the Shaheen-Portman Bill,” 2014. http://aceee.org/files/pdf/fact-sheet/s-p-handout.pdf

 

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