Manufacturers: Energy Efficiency is Key to Our Nation’s Energy Future

NAM Voices Support for Legislation to Drive More Energy Efficient Technologies

Manufacturers are leading the way in innovating and developing new products to make our nation more energy efficient while reducing costs for businesses and families. National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons today joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) as they introduced bipartisan legislation, The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S.1000, which will help spur the use of energy efficiency technologies for commercial, industrial and residential use, creating jobs in the process.

“Energy efficiency is a critical to our nation’s ability to succeed economically. This legislation will incentivize new technologies to lower costs for manufacturers,” said Timmons. “The innovation of energy efficient products can give manufacturers a critical advantage in an extremely competitive global market and will create jobs. It’s hard to find agreement on anything in Washington today, but we can all find common ground when it comes to saving energy. This bipartisan legislation from Senators Shaheen and Portman will enable the federal government and businesses to make further advances in energy efficiency.”

Manufacturers use one-third of the energy consumed in the United States. Improving the energy efficiency of manufacturers will help boost our global competitiveness across all sectors of the economy and will reduce the impact on the environment.

“With this important bipartisan effort, Senators Shaheen and Portman are promoting domestic job growth and energy efficiency in the U.S.,” said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “This legislation will lead to energy-bill savings by attacking waste in commercial buildings and in manufacturing through performance contracting and innovative financing.”

“United Technologies products deliver high performance while using less energy and treading lighter on the environment,” said NAM Energy Efficiency Task Force Co-Chair and United Technologies Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy Curt Rich. “This is the case for Pratt and Whitney jet engines, Carrier heating and cooling systems and Otis elevators. National energy efficiency policies can be an important catalyst in driving innovation and creating global markets for U.S. products.”

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