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Shaheen-Portman S.1000 brings energy efficiency back to Congress

ACC joined policymakers and other industry leaders in a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to support the re-introduction of S.1000, the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

The Shaheen-Portman bill is designed to increase the use of energy efficiency technologies across the economy, while creating jobs and decreasing emissions. Among other things, the bill directs the U.S. Department of Energy to support development of national model building energy codes and requires greater transparency in the code development process. The bill also encourages industrial energy efficiency, which will help make American manufacturers more competitive with their foreign counterparts.

ACC Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Michael Walls, who participated in this morning’s press conference, said:

[quote]We applaud Senators Shaheen and Portman for their leadership in advancing this important energy efficiency legislation, and their support for putting energy efficiency on a level footing with other clean energy technologies. As part of a comprehensive domestic energy strategy, boosting energy efficiency is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to help U.S. manufacturers be more competitive in global markets.[/quote]

Walls noted that chemistry is responsible for many of the energy efficiency technologies that enable the energy we use to go further than ever before. He pointed to several examples: lithium-ion batteries, wind turbines, composite materials for more fuel-efficient cars, and strong yet lightweight plastic packaging that allows products to be shipped at lower cost.

In addition, Walls referenced a recent study by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), which estimates that the products of chemistry, such as window and roofing coatings, insulation, piping and lighting, could help achieve a 41 percent reduction in energy use and 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, when combined with a shift to lower carbon fuels.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing on the legislation April 23. Sen. Portman told POLITICO he hopes to see a vote in the panel in May or June.

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