Senate Energy Committee Approves Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill
Bipartisan Legislation Will Help Create Jobs, Protect The Environment & Reduce Energy Bills for American Families
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee has approved the bipartisan energy efficiency legislation he introduced with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC). The measure contains key energy efficiency policy reforms that will strengthen the economy and reduce pollution without any new taxes or nonfederal mandates. Components of the bill were signed into law by President Obama in April 2015 and are already helping individuals and companies use less energy, creating jobs and reducing emissions. ESIC has received broad bipartisan support and passed the Senate in the 115th Congress by a vote of 85-12. After the committee vote, Senator Portman released the following statement:
“I’m pleased to see that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to pass my energy efficiency legislation on a bipartisan basis. This bill has been so well-received because it is good for the economy and jobs and good for the environment. It will help create jobs, reduce our carbon emissions, and give our workers in Ohio and around the country a competitive advantage by making our plants more energy efficient. Just as important, it will deliver reduced energy costs to consumers, helping families dealing with the middle-class squeeze by giving them more room in their family budget. That’s a win-win-win.”
NOTE: The Portman-Shaheen bill has been endorsed by a wide range of environmental groups, energy efficiency advocacy groups, including the Alliance to Save Energy, and industry leaders because it creates jobs, saves consumers money, and reduces emissions. The bill uses a variety of low-cost tools to help energy users become more efficient while making the country’s largest energy user – the federal government – reduce its energy use through the use of energy-efficient technology. The bill incentivizes the use of efficiency technologies that are commercially available today, can be widely deployed across the country, and quickly pay for themselves through energy savings. The bill will help the United States transition to a more energy-efficient economy while driving economic growth and private sector job creation.