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Energy Project Applauds Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation Introduced in the Senate That Incorporates Concepts from BPC Policy Recommendations

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The co-chairs of Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Strategic Energy Policy Initiative are pleased to support the endeavor of Senators Shaheen, Portman and others towards achieving greater energy efficiency savings in various applications throughout our country. The full text of their letters to the bill’s original sponsors can be found below. The initiative released a comprehensive set of policy recommendations earlier this year, several of which overlap thematically with the policy proposal introduced by the senators this week.


April 18, 2013

The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen

520 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Rob Portman

B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Shaheen and Senator Portman:

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) strongly supports your efforts to advance important energy efficiency measures through the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013. This legislation demonstrates that bipartisan collaboration remains alive and well in the development of energy policy.

We serve as co-chairs of the BPC’s Strategic Energy Policy Initiative, which released bipartisan recommendations in February 2013 after two years of deliberation. Our Energy Board developed an overarching strategic goal: The U.S. energy system should provide affordable, secure, and reliable supplies of energy and strive for continuous improvement in environmental performance. The report contained significant recommendations on energy efficiency, many of which are echoed in your legislation.

The legislation comprises a number of initiatives with substantial benefits for our nation’s economy and environment. Using energy more efficiently ensures that Americans get more for less. In other words, for a given input of energy, consumers receive more services and industry produces more products. Many of the provisions in the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 would reduce costs for businesses and consumers, bolster U.S. competitiveness, and reduce environmental impacts.

BPC commends you for identifying obstacles to the deployment of energy efficiency measures and for developing a number of practical solutions. We continue to believe that a balanced and bipartisan package of measures that increases U.S. energy supplies and ensures the efficient use of these valuable resources is the key to a more secure and prosperous future. BPC applauds your bipartisan efforts to increase energy efficiency in the United States, and looks forward to continue to work with you to make increased energy efficiency a reality.

Sincerely,

Senator Trent Lott

Co-chair

BPC’s Strategic Energy Policy Initiative

Senator Byron Dorgan

Co-chair

BPC’s Strategic Energy Policy Initiative

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Rosemarie Calabro Tully

202-379-1620

rcalabrotully@bipartisanpolicy.org

2013-04-18 00:00:00
Bipartisan Group of Senators Work Together Across the Aisle to Advance Energy Efficiency in the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013