NEC Supports Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill
Council Lauds Bill for Helping Lower Energy Costs; Creating Jobs
The New England Council is urging the U.S. Senate to pass bipartisan energy efficiency legislation introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). In a letter to the New England Senate delegation, the Council threw its support behind the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 761), and urged other New England Senators to do the same.
As recently passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, 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 Senator 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.”
Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and David McKinley (R-WV) have introduced a companion measure (H.R. 1616) to the Shaheen-Portman bill in the House of Representatives.