Portman, Shaheen Key Energy Efficiency Provisions Pass Senate in Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation

August 10, 2021 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that key provisions of their bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act have passed the Senate as part of Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. These provisions will improve energy efficiency in buildings and the industrial sector, which will help reduce emissions, protect the environment, and create jobs.

“With passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Senate has taken another important step towards enacting common-sense measures that will increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions across the economy,” said Senator Portman. “We need a balanced approach to protecting our environment and reducing emissions, while also safeguarding our economy and jobs – these measures accomplish just that.”

“I appreciate the bipartisan commitment in the Senate to prioritize energy efficiency, and that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act makes meaningful progress toward that goal with the inclusion of key provisions from my bill with Senator Portman,” said Senator Shaheen. “The Senate seized this critical opportunity to rehabilitate our electric grid, transportation and infrastructure networks, while building a more sustainable future. I’m glad our bipartisan measures played an important role in this effort and I’m heartened by the overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate to drive this historic infrastructure package forward. The Senate has done its job – the House must swiftly follow suit.”

Provisions include: 

  • $120 million from FY 2022-2026 to fund centers that identify opportunities for optimizing energy efficiency at manufacturing and industrial facilities;  
  • A $45 million annual grant program from FY 2022-2026 to implement cost-effective building codes for efficiency and resilience; 
  • A $10 million grant program for FY 2022 at higher education institutions to establish building training and assessment centers to implement modern building technologies; 
  • A $10 million grant program for FY 2022 to invest in career training programs for students to receive certificates to build energy efficient buildings technologies; 
  • The creation of technical assessments for manufacturers to maximize energy efficiency, prevent pollution, improve water usage, conserve natural resources and more; 
  • A requirement for information-sharing between the EIA and EPA related to commercial energy consumption data.