The Nature Conservancy Supports Energy Efficiency Bill


U.S. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., are introducing legislation to support energy efficiency in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of America. 

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act is similar to legislation Portman and Shaheen sponsored in previous Congresses. That legislation received bipartisan support but was not passed into law. 

“The Nature Conservancy applauds Senators Portman and Shaheen for their tenacious leadership as authors of comprehensive energy efficiency legislation,” said Lynn Scarlett, Managing Director of Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy. “We are pleased to renew our support for this bill because it is important to our mission as a conservation organization. Energy efficiency is a win-win for the economy and the environment -- it saves consumers money, provides cleaner air, and reduces carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Better efficiency also lessens the need for new power plants, coal mines, transmission lines and pipelines that can degrade lands and waters that are valuable for recreation and wildlife habitat. We are hopeful that the broad support that this bill enjoys will ensure its enactment this Congress.”            

“Senator Portman has been a long-time champion for common sense solutions that will help modernize the grid while protecting the environment in places like Ohio,” added Josh Knights, executive director for the Conservancy in the Buckeye State.  “Last year, The Nature Conservancy released an economic analysis that found that additional energy efficiency would save electricity consumers in Ohio money and create new jobs.  This legislation complements leadership by Ohio Governor John Kasich to preserve clean energy standards that are attracting new investments to our state.” 

“We applaud Senator Shaheen for her continued leadership on clean energy issues,” said Jim O’Brien, Director of External Affairs for The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire. “Increased energy efficiency investments are important for businesses, homeowners and the environment in New Hampshire, and we look forward to working with the Senator to support this bipartisan legislation.”    


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