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Senate Should Act on Popular Energy Efficiency Bill, NEMA Says


2/27/2014 5:15 PM

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today praised Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) for introducing a new version of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

“Senators Shaheen and Portman have taken a very good energy efficiency bill and made it even better,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “NEMA has been committed to moving this bill through the Senate and our support is now stronger than ever.”

The bill’s introduction coincides with new poll results released by NEMA in concert with the National Association of Manufacturers. The results indicate overwhelming support for energy efficiency to be part of our nation’s energy solutions—a full 90% of likely voters (McLaughlin & Associates).

The Senators reintroduced the legislation, first introduced in 2011, to stimulate greater energy efficiency across the U.S. economy.

The nation’s electrical manufacturers support this legislation because “we believe energy efficiency is our ‘first fuel,’” Gaddis explained. “And from our research, we now know that there is broad support from across the country to move ahead with energy efficiency policies that will save consumers money. The Senate needs to move forward and pass this legislation,” he added.

NEMA members are ready to provide the practical, cost-effective solutions it will take for such a large-scale drive for industrial and national energy efficiency. The industry joins Shaheen-Portman in support of these national goals:

  • Reinforcing private sector participation in a consensus-driven approach to strengthening energy standards and building codes nationwide;
  • Incentivizing the nation’s industrial sector to adopt currently available technologies and processes that will speed up productivity and energy efficiency;
  • Encouraging the nation’s number one energy consumer—the federal government—to lead the way by adopting a number of new programs to reduce energy consumption and build smarter;
  • Creating new incentives to broaden use of commercially available products and approaches that will lower energy consumption and costs for businesses and consumers;
  • Supporting public-private R&D and commercialization efforts aimed at speeding up development of next-generation energy-efficient technologies.

According to the Energy Information Agency, the combined annual energy costs for U.S. commercial buildings and industrial facilities total $202 billion, and more than 30 percent of the building’s energy use is inefficient or unnecessary. A modest 10 percent improvement in efficiency would save $20 billion annually.

​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 exceeds $100 billion annually.

Press Contact:
Phallan K. Davis
(703) 841-3282
phallan.davis@nema.org