Broad coalition asks Senate to bring Shaheen-Portman bill to the floor for a vote

By Jeannine Anderson

APPA, the Alliance to Save Energy and a coalition of more than 80 companies, organizations and trade associations have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., asking them to bring the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act to the floor for a vote.

The measure "would help meet America's goals of increasing energy productivity, enhancing energy security, reducing harmful emissions, and promoting economic growth in a financially responsible manner," the coalition said in an April 28 letter.

The bill, S. 2074, was introduced in late February by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio. A new version, S. 2262, is co-sponsored by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Mark Warner, D-Va., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Al Franken, D-Minn., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Chris Coons, D-Del., and John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Supporters of the bipartisan legislation say it would extend energy efficiency savings and benefits to all sectors of the U.S. economy, from schools and homes to commercial buildings, industry, and manufacturing. An analysis of the bill by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that, by 2030, the measure would  create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16 billion a year, and cut carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road.

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