On Thursday, April 18, 2013, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) re-introduced their bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Among the official guests and invited speakers was International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General Secretary-Treasurer George Galis. He was joined by other industry leaders and energy efficiency advocates to applaud this legislation that has the potential to create jobs by increasing the installation of energy efficient technologies in industrial and commercial construction markets.
“Passage of this Act will jump start building efficiency upgrades and renovations which means more jobs for our members,” said Galis to the event attendees. “Particularly for our highly trained IUPAT glaziers who routinely install energy efficient glass in offices and homes.”
As reported by a Shaheen-Portman media release, the “legislation represents a national strategy to increase the use of energy efficiency technologies across the economy while also fostering domestic job creation and decreasing emissions. In the 112th Congress, this legislation cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee after securing broad, bipartisan support. In total, last year’s legislation was endorsed by more than 200 entities ranging from businesses, environmental groups, think tanks and trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufactures (NAM), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Several provisions of the legislation, which focus on industrial and federal agency efficiency, were signed into law in December.”
Currently, the bill has strong bipartisan support in Washington, and it also has the widespread backing of business, environmental and labor groups.
“This is an energy savings [bill] that everyone can get behind because it doesn’t matter whether you’re from the Northeast, the South or the West, we all benefit from energy efficiency. It is a win, win, win,” said Shaheen at the news conference. “This legislation provides a bipartisan roadmap to create and implement a national strategy to increase the use of energy efficient technologies.”
“This is about getting something done at a time when not much seems to be getting done in this place,” said Portman. “It’s refreshing to see the organizations represented here today. Representatives from over 200 hundred companies, trade associations and non-profits who come together here today to say that this legislation makes sense, that it helps to encourage the use of energy efficiency technologies and it will help our economy.”
Learn more about the Sheehan-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act HERE and in the video below: