Kuster Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Legislation

Washington, DC – April 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) applauded last night’s House passage of common sense, bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that was first introduced in the Senate by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). Kuster has long been a supporter and cosponsor of the House version of the Shaheen-Portman legislation. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which passed the House last night, includes important provisions which will improve energy efficiency standards, reduce emissions, and could spur job creation across the country.

“As a nation, we must consider smart ways to reduce our energy consumption and cut costs for taxpayers and small businesses, and energy efficiency is an effective way to achieve these important goals,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “I applaud Senators Shaheen and Portman for joining together to address our nation’s energy deficiencies, and I was proud to join members of both parties in helping to pass this common sense energy efficiency legislation in the House. This bill will boost job creation and help protect our environment for generations to come, and I urge the President to sign it into law. This legislation takes important steps towards establishing a sustainable energy future that lays the groundwork for continued economic growth.”

The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act incorporates important provisions from the larger Shaheen-Portman efficiency legislation, and will encourage energy efficiency in the public and private sectors, helping to save money for consumers and businesses as well as increase America’s energy independence. The bill will help building owners and tenants reduce energy consumption, protect a demand response program for electric water heaters from burdensome regulation, develop energy efficiency implementation strategies for federal agencies, and increase energy usage transparency in federal buildings. The legislation passed the Senate on March 27, and will now go to President to be signed into law.

A member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Kuster has long advocated for energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy in order to offset high energy costs, create more jobs for Granite State workers, and protect the environment. She has joined together with her colleagues from both sides of the aisle and worked to increase access to capital for sustainable energy projects, encourage the use of renewable biomass, and improve the energy efficiency of federal buildings.

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