NEC Joins with Sen. Shaheen to Promote Energy Efficiency Bill

(L-R) Jim Brett, Nancy Kyle of the Retail Merchants Association, Sen. Shaheen, and Will Tagye of Velcro USA, at the press conference in Bow.

(L-R) Jim Brett, Nancy Kyle of the Retail Merchants Association, Sen. Shaheen, and Will Tagye of Velcro USA, at the press conference at Grappone Toyota in Bow.

NEC President & CEO Jim Brett was pleased to join Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) at a press conference earlier this week to promote her energy efficiency legislation, which could hit the Senate floor this week.  At the press conference, held at Grappone Toyota in Bow, New Hamsphire, Sen. Shaheen and a coalition of regional business leaders outlined the many benefits of the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).  Senate leaders have indicated that the bill could be introduced on the Senate floor this week.

As passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this year, the bill would:

  • Create a national strategy to increase the use of energy efficiency technologies through a national model building energy code;
  • Create a financing program for commercial building energy efficiency projects; promote the development of energy efficient supply-chains for companies;
  • Require the federal government to adopt and implement energy saving policies and programs; and a variety of other initiatives.

The bill is designed to be deficit-neutral.  According to Sen. Shaheen, an analysis of similar legislation considered last year would have netted energy savings for consumers of “$4 billion by 2020 and helped businesses add 80,000 jobs to the economy.”

In May, shortly after the bill was passed in committee, the Council wrote to all New England Senators urging them to support the legislation.  Click here to read the Council’s letter.

 

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