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WASHINGTON (March 11, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today applauded Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for reintroducing the "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act of 2015."

"As an industry that creates innovative, energy-saving materials and products, we commend Senators Portman and Shaheen for their steadfast efforts to ensure that energy efficiency has a prominent place on the nation's energy policy agenda. Their bill contains sensible and effective ways to help Americans save energy and money while creating jobs. We urge Congress to approve this important, bipartisan legislation.

"The chemistry industry is a leader in energy efficiency. Chemistry companies invent and make products used in building insulation, appliances, lightweight plastic vehicle parts, windows, engine lubricants, compact fluorescent light bulbs, energy storage systems, thermal coatings and many others. These markets are significant, and growing.

"The ESIC Act contains important provisions to achieve energy savings across the economy. The energy building codes provision will boost energy efficiency in new homes, the appliance standards provisions will help consumers reduce their utility bills and the manufacturing energy efficiency program will help energy-intensive industries be more competitive in global markets. It can pave the way for additional programs to harness the potential of industrial energy efficiency.

"We are glad the legislation includes the Better Buildings Act, which would enhance energy efficiency in commercial buildings, and the Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act, which would consider the value of energy efficient features during home financing and appraisal. Energy costs are among the biggest expenses of homeownership, and these provisions will help families reduce their mortgage expenses and utility bills, year after year."

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