Support the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill
It’s a brand new month, which means it’s time for a new Billion Acts of Green action. This month we’re calling on our followers to support the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill.
Why is this bill so important? Studies show that America has the capacity to reduce the amount of non-transportation energy it uses by 23% by 2020. If we realize that goal, the U.S. could save more than $1.2 trillion in wasted energy costs. The bill, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), has been stalled in the Senate. However, with the introduction of new amendments, the bill has a real shot at being passed.
When the bill was introduced last year, the goal was simply to create new energy-saving standards for homes and businesses. By strengthening building codes, encouraging manufacturing efficiency, and calling for improved energy equipment in government building and technology infrastructure, the bill is planned to save consumers $59 billion through 2030. Additionally, the bill would not contribute at all to the deficit, as the new energy technologies would quickly pay for themselves. Now, the revamped bill includes bipartisan amendments, which include the extension of these standards to public low-income housing projects and a new “Tenant Star” recognition program to acknowledge energy-saving achievements in schools and businesses.
If passed, the Shaheen-Portman Bill will be the first energy legislation from Senate since 2007.
Energy efficiency is critical to America’s future. Send a letter to your Senators today urging them to support the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill!