Small Business Supports Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency BillSeptember 12, 2013
Washington, D.C. – The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is urging the Senate to pass the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R–Ohio), which would promote voluntary cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors to help reduce energy costs and create jobs at no additional cost to the American taxpayer.
“Volatile energy costs pose a significant burden on small businesses over which they have little to no control,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “Expanding and making energy efficiency upgrades more affordable for small businesses, as the Shaheen-Portman bill would do, is an important way to ease this unpredictable but substantial cost.”
According to the most recent NSBA Energy Survey, the majority of small businesses (82 percent) report having taken one or more steps to reduce the amount of energy their business consumes over the last several years. The overwhelming majority, 92 percent, expressed concern about the future energy costs of their business.
The broad, bipartisan Shaheen-Portman bill will help make buildings more energy efficient by: strengthening national model building codes, which will save money for small businesses that own or rent commercial properties; and providing energy efficiency training for engineers, architects, and building construction workers.
In addressing the cost of energy efficiency improvements, the Shaheen-Portman bill will require the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide onsite technical assessments to manufacturers seeking efficiency upgrades; establish a pilot program similar to the Energy Star program focusing on supply chain management, and enable them to offer grants and other financial incentives to promote supply chain efficiency and for the purchase of new, energy efficient equipment.
“Cost is the number one reason why small businesses aim to increase their energy efficiency, yet it is also the number one barrier to doing so” stated McCracken. “Budget-conscious efforts to ease those costs, such as the Shaheen-Portman bill, ought to be supported.”
Celebrating more than 75 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit www.nsba.biz or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.