Senate Energy Efficiency Bill in Holding Pattern

September 25, 2013

pic-energy-solarUnable to reach an agreement on amendments, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was left with no choice but to pull the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S. 1392) (or the “Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill”) from the Senate floor and move on to consideration of the continuing resolution to keep the government funded beyond next Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.

Upon returning from recess, the Senate took up the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill, but it was ultimately held up by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who was preventing the bill from moving forward until he was able to secure a vote on his unrelated health care amendment.

According to a recent study, the bill is projected to create an estimated 136,000 new jobs by 2025, achieve annual savings of $13.7 billion, and reduce C02 and other greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road by the year 2030. By strengthening model building codes, providing technical assistance and education, and incentivizing industry to make voluntary improvements and investments to increase supply chain productivity and/or purchase new, high efficiency motors, motor systems, or transformers, this bill would significantly reduce energy use and costs, help create jobs, and promote energy independence. As such, NSBA supports the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill and urges Senators to reach an agreement on amendments so that they may be able to enact this critical piece of legislation.

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