Reps. Welch and McKinley Introduce House Companion to Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill
WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation identical to the bipartisan energy efficiency bill introduced in the Senate last week by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
"Energy efficiency is a practical, non-partisan idea that saves money, puts people to work, creates demand for American-made products, and improves the environment," said Rep. Welch. "This bill is a common sense idea whose time has come."
“While many of our challenges are complicated and won’t get solved overnight, energy efficiency is one area where we can find common ground. This is not a Democratic idea or a Republican idea - it’s just common sense,” said Rep. McKinley. “We need to be promoting efficiency as a way to save energy and money, reduce emissions, and create jobs.”
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (H.R. 3962) authorizes a variety of tools to help energy users become more efficient while requiring the country’s largest energy user – the federal government – reduce its energy use by employing energy-efficient technologies. The bill incentivizes the use of technologies that are commercially available today, can be widely deployed across the country, and will quickly pay for themselves through energy savings.
Welch and McKinley are House leaders on energy efficiency issues. Rep. Welch is the founder of the House Energy Saving Performance Caucus, and the Co-Chair, along with Rep. McKinley, of the High Performance Building Caucus. Both are senior members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, serving on its energy subcommittee.
The Welch-McKinley bill is the House companion to S. 2137. The text of the House bill can be found HERE.