Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) will co-chair the House Energy Savings Performance Caucus for the 114th Congress. Rep. Kinzinger replaces Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO), the Caucus' co-founder and co-chair in the 113th Congress, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November.
In the new Congress, the Caucus will aggressively advocate for the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) at federal departments and agencies and ensure that the Administration achieves its goal of $2 billion in new contracts by the close of 2016. ESPCs and UESCs are public-private partnerships that allow companies to perform energy upgrades on federal buildings, requiring them to guarantee, measure and verify the energy cost savings. The companies assume all the costs and risks associated with the upgrades, and the federal government shares in the monetary savings.
"Representative Kinzinger brings to this position the credentials of a widely respected leader on energy efficiency issues. I am pleased to partner with him in pursuit of our Caucus goal of saving taxpayer dollars by cutting the energy bills at federal agencies," said Welch. "The federal government has over 3 billion square feet of building space. Making these buildings energy efficient will save taxpayer dollars, improve the environment and boost the construction and energy sectors of our economy. It's been an honor to work with Rep. Gardner in the last Congress and I look forward to having him as a strong ally in the Senate."
"The federal government is the single largest consumer of energy in the U.S. Making our energy consumption more efficient not only saves taxpayer money and reduces a huge amount of waste, but it also sets an example for other organizations, said Kinzinger. "I'm proud to spear-head this effort and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the 114th Congress."
"Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) are an innovative way to reduce energy consumption, save taxpayers money, and benefit the environment," said Gardner. "It has been an honor to work with Congressman Welch and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote ESPCs. I have no doubt that Congressman Kinzinger will continue this spirit of bipartisanship and sound government policy when he assumes his position as co-chair of the House caucus. I look forward to continuing to work on this issue as Senator with Congressmen Welch and Kinzinger."