“We ask Congress to maintain energy efficiency as a top priority in shaping energy policy for the country. Our organizations, representing all sectors of the economy, recognize energy efficiency is a powerful tool with strong bipartisan support. Efficiency works, so please help clear a path to advance it to help businesses, consumers, and the economy,” the organizations wrote to House and Senate leaders. They sent a separate letter to the president.
Shaheen-Portman, as the bill is known, would encourage energy efficiency at industrial, commercial and residential buildings through voluntary building code standards, a state-based private financing program and other measures.
The bill passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month with broad bipartisan support.
An aide for Senate Democratic leadership said the bill is “unlikely” to get called for a vote before Memorial Day, saying the Senate still needs to finish the farm bill.