Multi-Industry Letter Supporting The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S. 761)

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 8:00pm
The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Republican Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell:

We the undersigned, representing hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, write to request that The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S. 761) be considered by the full Senate as soon as possible.

This sensible, bi-partisan legislation enjoys broad support in the business community. The bill’s sponsors have worked with industry every step of the way in crafting and vetting this legislation. S. 761 places no new mandates on U.S. businesses or consumers. All new authorizations are fully offset.

Energy costs money and S. 761 will save consumers both. Provisions in this legislation will promote energy savings in commercial buildings and industrial facilities, which together consume nearly 50% of the nation’s primary energy.

The bill will also reduce energy costs within the federal government, our nation’s largest energy consumer, saving the taxpayers money.

Reducing barriers to investment in existing energy efficiency technologies, as S. 761 does, boosts the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and creates jobs in the manufacturing, contracting, installation, distribution, and service sectors.

And quite simply, greater use of technologies that reduce energy consumption improves our country’s energy security.

For these reasons, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources roundly endorsed the legislation with a strong bipartisan vote. Energy efficiency is also viewed favorably in the House.

The American people are seeking cooperation from their elected officials and with the Senate’s leadership S. 761 can serve as a model of how Congress can still bridge the partisan divide to deliver results.

As supporters of this legislation, we ask that S. 761 be brought to the Senate floor as soon as possible for a vote.

Acuity Brands Lighting
Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc.
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Alliance for Industrial Efficiency
American Chemistry Council
American Foundry Society
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
Atlas Roofing Corporation
Bayer Corporation, Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy
Consolidated Edison Solutions, Inc
Federal Performance Contracting Coalition
Firestone Building Products Company
General Aluminum Manufacturing Company
Geothermal Exchange Organization
Guttenberg Industries, Inc.
Hammond Power Solutions Inc.
Hubbell Inc.
Hunter Panels
Ingersoll Rand
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades
Johns Manville
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Lennox International, Inc.
Masco Corporation
Mirus International
Nalco, (an Ecolab Company)
National Association for State Community Services Programs
National Association of Electrical Distributors
National Association of Energy Service Companies
National Association of Manufacturers
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Fluid Power Association
National Grid
National Ground Water Association
National Small Business Association
New England Council
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council
Owens Corning
Plumbing Manufacturers International
Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association
Regal-Beloit Corporation
Schneider Electric
The Business Roundtable
The Stella Group, Ltd
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United Technologies Corporation
Universal Lighting Technologies
VanTran Industries, Inc.
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Window and Door Manufacturers Association