Statement by Steven Nadel, Executive Director
After months of discussion, the Senate finally passed a bill with energy efficiency provisions that could help power our economy for years to come. The energy bill passed by the Senate moves the ball forward on energy efficiency, toward consumer energy bill savings, more jobs, and cleaner air. This bill will especially help state and local governments implement effective building energy codes and other policies to save Americans money. It will help many middle-income families finance energy improvements in their homes and earn the benefits of energy savings. And it will foster innovation in smart buildings and smart manufacturing to make American companies more competitive. We commend Senators Murkowski, Cantwell, Portman, Shaheen and many others for their steadfast bipartisan work on this bill. The next step should be enactment of the good energy efficiency provisions from both the Senate and House bills (while leaving a couple of harmful and contentious provisions behind).