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Reps. McKinley and Welch Introduce Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill

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Reps. David B. McKinley, P.E. and Peter Welch (D-VT) have introduced The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act (H.R. 1616). The bill will spur the use of energy efficiency technologies in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, plus encourage job creation.

"This bipartisan bill is designed to save businesses and taxpayer's money while making America more energy independent," said Rep. McKinley. "As an engineer, I've designed energy efficient buildings and understand how to conserve energy and save money."

"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."

The McKinley-Welch bill is the House companion to the one introduced last week by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in the Senate.

The bill will also help speed the transition to a more energy efficient economy, increasing both America's economic competitiveness and energy security for the coming decades, while driving economic growth and encouraging private sector job creation.

"As one of only two engineers in Congress, I understand our country needs to strengthen building codes to make new homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient," said Rep. McKinley. "In addition, the Department of Energy (DOE) needs to work with the private sector to encourage research, development and commercialization of innovative energy efficient technology."

McKinley and Welch are leaders in the House on energy efficiency issues. Rep. Welch is the founder of the House Energy Saving Performance Cause and the Co-Chair, along with Rep. McKinley, of the High Performance Building Caucus.

Among other items, H.R. 1616 requires the Federal Government to adopt energy saving techniques for computers, saving energy and taxpayer's money. The legislation is being endorsed and supported by a broad cross section of groups including more than 200 businesses environmental groups and trade associations.

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