In stark contrast to efforts in recent years to craft large, comprehensive energy policy legislation, the 112th Congress has confronted energy issues with much more focused bills.
In July, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee gave bipartisan approval, 18–3, to S 1000 The Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act of 2011. This legislation, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), targets reducing energy use in buildings and industrial facilities. NEMA has been engaged with the bill’s sponsors and has been active in gaining additional support for the measure. While demonstrable progress has been made in the Senate, no companion legislation has been filed in the House.
Energy-efficiency legislation is seen as an inexpensive and highly effective way of reducing costs to ratepayers, making American businesses more competitive with international challengers and decreasing reliance on foreign energy sources, all while lessening pollution.
Provisions in S 1000 that impact the electroindustry include:
a federal-state revolving loan program for industrial and commercial projects that improve energy efficiency, power factor, or load management through the implementation of advanced processes, such as sensors, meters, information networks, and drives