U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, today praised the full committee's adoption of several important bills on clean energy and energy efficiency. The committee accepted an amendment - introduced by Senator Coons - that expands the definition of the advanced materials that are authorized by the Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA), thereby facilitating the development of more clean energy manufacturing projects.
"In order to expand our clean energy sector and grow jobs here at home, the government must take an active role in working with the private sector on financing mechanisms to spur business expansion, and CEDA can do just that," Senator Coons said. "By clarifying and broadening the advanced materials that can be defined as clean energy resources, CEDA will help overcome the valley of death in financing for innovative technology development. I commend my colleagues for joining me in ensuring that the federal government is working to support America's clean energy industry and I applaud the Committee's passage of CEDA, which will be a critical tool for our clean energy future."
Senator Coons cosponsored another noteworthy bill adopted during today's Committee business meeting --the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000), which would promote energy savings in residential and commercial buildings and industries. That bill was introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
"We should take every step we can as a nation to make our energy consumption more efficient," Senator Coons said. "As a proud cosponsor of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, I am encouraged that it was passed by the Committee because I know how important it can be to spurring manufacturing and jobs."
Since being sworn-in, Senator Coons has made it a priority to expand America's manufacturing sector, devoting both his maiden speech and his first bill - the Job Creation Through Innovation Act - to the importance of the government's role in promoting American innovation.