May 13, 2014 – Washington, DC – Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has issued the following statement on recent events that have taken place in the Senate concerning the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill.
“We as an industry are disappointed and dismayed that a bipartisan bill moving the nation toward a consensus goal – energy efficiency – has been thwarted by political posturing and point scoring,” said Todd Keller, Vice President for Federal Policy. “Even a divided Congress ought to be able to move forward on areas where there is agreement. We urge the Senate to try again and find a way to do so.”
The bill would have addressed building codes, financing, technical assistance, and rebate programs, all steps toward saving money for government (and therefore taxpayers), businesses, and consumers through greater energy efficiency. All of these steps are important to our business members, who stand ready to provide the technologies and services that improve energy efficiency throughout the economy.
AEE is a national organization representing the advanced energy industry. AEE and its state partner organizations, which are active in 23 states across the country, represent roughly 1,000 organizations. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy companies. Founded in 2011, AEE has a national network of business members across states and across industries to help the advanced energy industry succeed. AEE and its partner organizations are currently working in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.