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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2017
Contact: Laura Tierney
E-mail: ltierney@bcse.org
Office: 202.785.0507

BCSE Statement on Senate Committee Passage of Energy Efficiency Bills
Clean Energy Industries Applaud Senators for Bipartisan Leadership

Washington, DC — The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson in reaction to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee action this week to report several pieces of energy efficiency legislation, including the Portman (R-OH)-Shaheen (D-NH) Energy Efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S.385), and legislation introduced by Senator Cory Gardner to encourage the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESCs), known as the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017 (S. 239).

“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy was pleased to see that one of the first legislative actions taken by the Senate Energy Committee this Congress was to report legislation to encourage and promote energy efficiency. Over the last decade energy efficiency policies and standards have helped consumers, businesses, and industry save energy and money. We encourage Congress to quickly move to enact these pieces of legislation in order to continue that trend.

“BCSE applauds Senators Portman and Shaheen for their bipartisan leadership, dedication, and determination to improve our nation's energy productivity. The Council is supportive of the bill’s broad focus on energy efficiency in residential buildings, commercial buildings, industry and the federal government.”

“We were equally pleased to see that the committee approved the Energy Savings through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017 (S. 239), introduced by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of Senators. The legislation will promote the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESCs) in which private companies use their own money and resources to make energy efficiency upgrades to federal buildings. This is done at no cost to taxpayers since in exchange for making these energy efficiency improvements, those private companies receive a portion of the money saved as a result of the increased efficiency in federal buildings.”

“BCSE would also like to acknowledge Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), who continue to advance the ball on energy policy.”

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