U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made the following statement after the committee held a hearing on consumer products energy efficiency standards. The committee considered four different pieces of legislation, including two introduced by Senator Stabenow; the Water Heater Rating Improvement Act and the National Energy Efficiency Enhancement Act.
"With home appliances accounting for nearly two-thirds of the nation's electricity consumption, we must work to lessen the demand on our energy supply and reduce the impact on the household budgets of Michigan families. From furnaces to air conditioners, water heaters to refrigerators, consumers deserve access to products that will not strain their pockets.
"Michigan has the opportunity to lead in the new clean energy economy. Our companies like Whirlpool are already innovating energy efficient appliances. While improving standards for these products, we must provide incentives to ensure that they are made in the United States. The legislation that I have introduced will create uniform standards for energy efficient products, leveling the playing field for our manufacturers. I urge the committee to promptly pass these bills and forward them to the full Senate."
-- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow