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Bipartisan Bill Advances Building Codes, Appliance Standards, Manufacturing Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 9, 2011) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today affirmed its support for the "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 (S. 1000)," which is being highlighted at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today. The bill was introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on May 12. ACC's statement for the record is available at .

" Energy efficiency is a proven way to help America save energy and money while creating jobs," said Cal Dooley , President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. "It deserves a prominent place on the nation's energy agenda, yet it's been left out of the clean energy policy discussion this year. We were concerned when the Obama Administration excluded energy efficiency from the definition of 'clean energy' in its proposed national clean energy standard. We applaud Senators Shaheen and Portman for their leadership on this bill.

"America's chemistry companies are leading suppliers of products and technologies that make energy efficiency possible. They invent and make products used in building insulation, appliances, lightweight vehicle parts, windows, engine lubricants, compact fluorescent light bulbs, energy storage systems, thermal coatings, water saving systems and many others. These markets are significant, and growing. 

"The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act has several measures that help save energy and reduce costs, including building energy codes, appliance standards and a manufacturing energy efficiency program. We believe the bill will help industries identify new energy efficiency opportunities and pave the way for additional programs to harness the potential of industrial energy efficiency." 

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