A diverse group of business and environmental leaders, including ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley, joined Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on the Hill this morning to call for a timely Senate floor vote on the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000).
The act, which would create jobs and make our economy more competitive by creating a national energy efficiency strategy, would also serve as a first step toward the ultimate energy goal — developing a comprehensive energy policy for the United States.
Dooley urged policymakers to rally around the bill, as it would utilize various measures to help companies, households and manufacturers save energy and, therefore, reduce costs:
S. 1000 is bipartisan and a smart, cost-effective way to save energy across the economy – something everyone should be able to agree on. . . . S. 1000 is just one of many steps that are needed to give energy efficiency its due. In addition to sound government policies, we need to encourage creative private sector initiatives that will help establish energy efficiency as a priority for business and consumers.
One major focus of the Shaheen-Portman bill is the energy used by buildings, which account for 40 percent of the energy used in the United States. The goal is to have zero net energy in new buildings by 2030.
Another focus is industrial efficiency. The bill will encourage manufacturers to implement technologies and processes that will reduce energy, making them more competitive in the global environment.
Last month, Dooley told a group of industry leaders and government representatives at the Alliance to Save Energy’s (ASE) Great Energy Efficiency Day that energy efficiency is “the easiest and most cost-effective way to increase energy supplies, promote sustainability, enhance energy security and reduce energy costs.”
It’s the reason we’ve made it a central part of our “From Chemistry to Energy” campaign. As many of you know, it is chemistry that goes into the materials and technologies that make efficiency possible — lithium-ion batteries, composites for more fuel-efficient cars, and insulations, roofing, windows and more that improve efficiency in buildings.
Products like these help to save 11 quadrillion BTUs of energy annually, enough to power, heat and cool up to 56 million households, or run up to 135 million vehicles each year.
To learn more about energy efficiency as a big part of who we are and what we do, please visit ChemistryToEnergy.com.