Today Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) hosted a press conference with industry leaders, including NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, to roll out The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, also known as S.1000. This legislation’s goal is to help spur the use of energy efficiency technologies for commercial, industrial and residential use. This will help create jobs and lower costs for manufacturers.
In a town where there are few issues where we can find agreement on important issues, energy efficiency is an area where we can all find common ground. According to Senator Portman, “This is about getting something done.”
The bill is headed for a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee next week which is great news.
Energy efficiency is paramount to the competitiveness of manufacturers and our energy future. It is a solution to help lower costs for businesses of all sizes. In addition, the innovation and development of energy efficient technologies creates manufacturing jobs.
Manufacturers are already taking steps to improve energy efficiency. The Volvo Group has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. The company has pledged to reduce its energy intensity in all of its U.S. manufacturing plants by 25 percent during a 10-year period. The Volvo Group’s New River Valley truck plant in Dublin, VA has already achieved a major milestone by reducing its energy intensity by nearly 30 percent in just one year. (continue reading…)