SENATE ADVANCES SHAHEEN ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILL TO CREATE JOBS, SAVE BILLIONS, LOWER POLLUTION
Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act is first major energy legislation under consideration in the Senate since 2007
(Washington, DC) – The U.S. Senate today advanced Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which would help create jobs, reduce pollution, and save consumers billions. The bill cleared a key procedural hurdle this morning in the Senate, advancing on a 79-20 vote to begin debate on the legislation which has attracted significant bipartisan support as well as endorsements from both industry and environmental organizations. Earlier today, Senator Shaheen hosted a conference call with environmental and business stakeholders in New Hampshire to discuss the legislation.
“Our bipartisan energy efficiency bill will help create jobs, reduce pollution, and save people billions of dollars,” Senator Shaheen said. “Energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest way to address our country’s energy needs and the bill we’ve crafted has a tremendous amount of bipartisan support. It’s exactly the type of bipartisan, commonsense legislation we need more of and I hope we can quickly pass it on behalf of our economy and our environment.”
A study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that Shaheen-Portman will 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.