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  Senator Rob Portman, ACC's VP of
 Regulatory  and Technical Affairs Mike
 Walls, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2013) - American Chemistry Council (ACC) Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs  Michael Walls joined U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today at a Capitol Hill press conference to support the reintroduction of S.1000, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

ACC was among a broad coalition of supporters of S.1000, which aims to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, while boosting competitiveness for American businesses.

"We applaud Senators Shaheen and Portman for their leadership in advancing this important energy efficiency legislation, and their support for putting energy efficiency on a level footing with other clean energy technologies," Walls said. "As part of a comprehensive domestic energy strategy, boosting energy efficiency is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to help U.S. manufacturers be more competitive in global markets."

In addition to new efforts to improve industrial efficiency, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act directs the U.S. Department of Energy to support development of national model building energy codes and requires greater transparency in the code development process.

The business of chemistry is responsible for many of the energy efficiency technologies that enable the energy we use to go further than ever before. A  recent study by the International Council of Chemical Associations estimates that the products of chemistry, such as window and roofing coatings, insulation, piping and lighting, could help achieve a 41 percent reduction in energy use by 2050, when combined with a shift to lower carbon fuels.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled an oversight hearing on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act on Thursday, April 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. EDT.

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