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Sens. Shaheen, Portman Introduce a National Energy Efficiency Strategy

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000) of 2011 intends to increase the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of our economy, while fostering job creation. Enactment of S. 1000 would:

  • Boost private sector investment in building efficiency upgrades by expanding the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Guarantee program.
  • Help manufacturers reduce energy use and become more competitive by working with states to establish a revolving loan program to help finance efficiency upgrades.
  • Provide standards on outdoor lighting, residential heating and cooling systems, residential appliances, and other appliance products based on agreements between manufacturers and efficiency advocates.
  • Work with states to strengthen national model building codes to make new homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient.
  • Require the federal government – the single largest energy user in the country – to adopt energy saving techniques for computers, saving energy and taxpayer dollars, and adopt better building standards and smart metering technology.

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