Reps. Welch, Kinzinger lead bipartisan, bicameral letters encouraging White House to continue to modernize federal infrastructure
Washington, DC – Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressmen Peter Welch (D-VT) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today delivered bipartisan letters to President Donald Trump calling on the administration’s support and use of the Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs). These public-private partnerships allow the federal government to modernize federal infrastructure and improve energy and water services through innovative financing.
ESPCs and UESCs have been primarily driven through executive branch and agency leadership and commitments. During the previous two administrations, there have been high level efforts to build on these commitments. Including, President Bush’s efforts to undertake improved tracking mechanisms as well as President Obama’s commitment of $4 billion in private sector investment through ESPCs and UESCs over five years.
The members urged the White House to continue to support these public-private contracting opportunities to save tax payers money, create jobs, and ensure efficient energy and water consumption at our federal facilities.
Additionally, last week the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced S.239, the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017, authored by Senators Gardner and Coons. The legislation is complementary to the message of this letter to the President. The legislation clarifies aspects of the statute to further encourage the use of performance contracting of this type in Federal facilities.
The full letter, signed by 33 Senators and 41 House members, can be read in its entirety below.
Signers include Senator Alexander, Senator Baldwin, Senator Bennet, Senator Boozman, Senator Brown, Senator Cantwell, Senator Carper, Senator Cassidy, Senator Collins, Senator Donnelly, Senator Franken, Senator Graham, Senator Heitkamp, Senator Heller, Senator Hirono, Senator Hoeven, Senator Inhofe, Senator Isakson, Senator King, Senator Markey, Senator Merkley, Senator Murkowski, Senator Portman, Senator Reed, Senator Sanders, Senator Schatz, Senator Shaheen, Senator Sullivan, Senator Van Hollen, Senator Wyden and Senator Young.
In the House, signers include Representative Blackburn, Representative Brooks, Representative Bucshon, Representative Cárdenas, Representative Cartwright, Representative Coffman, Representative Cole, Representative Cooper, Representative Davis, Representative DeGette, Representative Delaney, Representative Doyle, Representative Eshoo, Representative Evans, Representative Flores, Representative Franks, Representative Green, Representative Grijalva, Representative Guthrie, Representative Hultgren, Representative Kaptur, Representative Kennedy, Representative Love, Representative McCollum, Representative McKinley, Representative Moulton, Representative Norton, Representative Olson, Representative Paulsen, Representative Payne, Representative Perlmutter, Representative Peters, Representative Quigley, Representative Soto, Representative Tonko, Representative Tsongas, Representative Upton, Representative Walden, and Representative Wilson.
April 3, 2017
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We are writing today to express our strong support for the continued utilization of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) within the federal government. These public-private partnerships provide a framework that allows the federal government to modernize federal infrastructure and improve energy and water services through innovative financing.
ESPCs have accounted for at least $12 billion of privately-financed improvements to federal buildings over the past 20 years. Once an ESPC is identified by the federal government and an ESPC agreement is formed, the project is financed and executed by private entities and paid for through the future energy savings. UESCs are also an excellent approach to meeting energy and water efficiency needs within the federal government. ESPCs and UESCs reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on energy and water, allowing the federal government to upgrade facilities and meet its resource needs without impact on the federal Treasury.
While ESPCs and UESCs are authorized by law, their use is almost entirely driven by executive branch and agency leadership and commitments which we think deserve your continued support. For the last two administrations, there have been high level efforts to build on these commitments. President Bush undertook tracking mechanisms and raised encouragement to a secretarial activity at the Department of Energy, led by Energy Secretary Bodman. President Obama committed to $4 billion in private sector investment through ESPCs and UESCs over five years, which was widely encouraged on Capitol Hill from a bipartisan group of 179 Members.
In summary, we urge you to continue to support this type of public-private contracting. ESPCs and UESCs have the co-benefits of achieving energy cost savings, increasing government facility resiliency and security, and eliminating the need for federal dollars for infrastructure improvements. We believe that your administration is well positioned to use public-private performance contracting to the strongest extent possible to eliminate unnecessary spending in our federal facilities. We hope you will work with us to ensure the success of these valuable energy savings financing tools.