July 16, 2021
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) celebrated the Energy Infrastructure Act approving a committee vote this week with the inclusion of important parts of their legislation, the Law on Energy Saving and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC). The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to move the bill forward with key provisions they fought for, which will help improve the energy efficiency and climate resilience of buildings and industrial facilities, as well as investing in clean energy jobs.
Political experts from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found that, when fully adopted, the ESIC law by 2050 would save consumers more than $ 51 billion on their energy bills and cut carbon emissions by 1.3 billion tonnes, which is equivalent to removing nearly 280 million cars from the circulation for a year. A previous ACEEE study also estimated that their legislation would add more than 100,000 jobs to the economy.
âAs we face growing energy challenges in New Hampshire and across the country, investing in energy efficiency is one of our best lines of defense – not only does it protect our environment, but it also strengthens our infrastructure and creates well-paying jobs. That is why I am pleased that important priorities of our bill are included in the Energy Infrastructure Act, which cleared a major hurdle in committee this week â, said Shaheen. âFrom ensuring the climate resilience of our buildings to strengthening our economy and reducing pollution, this bill is a smart move to invest in a greener future. I appreciate Senator Portman’s continued partnership in promoting energy efficiency over the years, and I am committed to working across the aisle to ensure that in this Congress we act significantly on energy efficiency.
“I am pleased that a significant number of provisions of my bipartite Law on Energy Conservation and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) with Senator Shaheen have been adopted by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as part of of the law on energy infrastructure â, Senator Portman said. âThese are common sense measures that will increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions throughout the economy. We need a balanced approach to protect our environment and reduce emissions, while protecting our economy and our jobs – our bipartisan efficiency legislation will accomplish just that. I look forward to continuing to make significant strides in energy efficiency at this Congress, which will benefit all Americans. “
Concretely, the provisions of their signature ESIC law which was adopted by the committee as part of the Energy Infrastructure Act include:
- $ 120,000,000 in fiscal year 2022-2026 to fund centers that identify opportunities for optimizing energy efficiency in manufacturing and industrial facilities;
- A $ 45,000,000 annual grant program in fiscal year 2022-2026 to implement cost-effective building codes for efficiency and resilience;
- A $ 10,000,000 grant program for fiscal year 2022 in educational institutions to establish construction training and assessment centers to implement modern construction technologies;
- A grant program of $ 10,000,000 for fiscal year 2022 to invest in vocational training programs allowing students to receive certificates to construct energy efficient building technologies;
- Creating technical assessments for manufacturers to maximize energy efficiency, prevent pollution, improve water use, conserve natural resources and more;
- A requirement to share information between the EIA and the EPA regarding commercial energy consumption data
The bill passed by the committee also includes several other Shaheen legislative priorities, including the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, the Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act, and the Promoting American Energy Jobs Act. Together, these bills will foster innovation, energy efficiency and economic competitiveness for U.S. manufacturers and support the energy workforce.
Senator Shaheen is a Senate leader for protecting our environment, combating the effects of climate change and investing in energy efficiency policies. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Shaheen traveled to Paris to participate in high-level discussions at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference which led to the International Accord of Bets on the climate. Shaheen is a founding member of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, which brings together an equal number of Republicans and Democrats to develop and advance bipartisan solutions to tackle climate change.
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