With the passage last week of two more energy efficiency bills in the House of Representatives, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is calling for the Senate to pass the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S 2262) sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
“It’s clearer now more than ever that Congress has the opportunity to reach a final agreement on energy efficiency legislation before the fall elections,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.
Already this year, the House passed HR 2126, which would promote energy efficiency upgrades by tenants in commercial buildings, foster energy efficiency in federal government leases, encourage investment in efficient technology for government data centers, and enable demand response in rural areas.
Last week the House passed bills to streamline administration of funding support for energy efficiency retrofits of schools (HR 4092) and to report on the likely energy and water efficiency gains of thermal insulation of potable hot and chilled water in federal buildings (HR 4801).
“The House’s endorsement of these bills is a sure sign that if the Senate passes the Shaheen-Portman legislation, Congress could send a comprehensive energy efficiency bill to the president this year,” Gaddis said. “Voters want this and Congress needs to find a way to get it done.”
Indeed, voters consistently express support for policies that promote energy efficiency. According to a
poll conducted by NEMA and the National Association of Manufacturers, 9 in 10 likely voters support energy efficiency as a key part of the solution to address our energy challenges. Results showed a desire for greater adoption of efficient technologies throughout our economy, including the federal government, where tax dollars can be saved.
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.
Phallan K. Davis