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House Hearing on Bass-Matheson Bill Reveals Strategies for Energy and Cost Savings

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11, 2012) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in advance of  Thursday's joint hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations concerning the Smart Energy Act.

"Saving energy is one of the best ways to reduce costs and improve U.S. competitiveness, yet energy efficiency rarely gets its due," said Cal Dooley , ACC President and CEO. "We urge the House of Representatives to swiftly pass the Smart Energy Act, a bipartisan bill that contains several important provisions to advance industrial energy efficiency . Energy efficiency belongs in any 'all of the above,' comprehensive national energy policy."

"America's chemistry industry is undergoing a renaissance," Dooley continued.  "Expanded supplies of  natural gas from shale have given our industry the confidence to invest in the United States. To ensure that our country remains a good place to do business, our country must use its energy supplies wisely. This legislation is a key step." 

The products of chemistry help make energy efficiency possible. We create materials and technologies for lithium-ion batteries, composites for more fuel-efficient cars, lightweight plastic packaging that reduces energy needs in shipping and transportation, and insulations, roofing, windows, and piping that save energy in buildings.

The Smart Energy Act will improve U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by identifying regulatory barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency, coordinating research and development of new industrial efficiency technologies, and developing a strategic plan to double the nation's production from high-efficiency combined heat and power technologies.

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