Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) have introduced The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act. The bill will spur the use of energy efficiency technologies in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, plus encourage job creation. The legislation is a companion bill to the Portman-Shaheen energy efficiency bill that was re-introduced on February 15 by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) said it supports the bill’s goals, though it would like to see it improved.

“WDMA shares Reps. McKinley and Welch’s goal of comprehensive energy legislation; however, we believe the building code language  can be improved,” said Kevin McKenney, WDMA’s director of government affairs. “We look forward to working with Congress to ensure legislation achieves our shared goals.”

The McKinley-Welch bill aims to help speed the transition to a more energy-efficient economy, increasing both America’s economic competitiveness and energy security for the coming decades while driving economic growth and encouraging private-sector job creation.

“Energy efficiency is a practical, non-partisan idea that saves money, puts people to work, creates demand for American-made products, and improves the environment,” said Welch. “This bill is a common-sense idea whose time has come.”

“This bipartisan bill is designed to save businesses and taxpayer’s money while making America more energy independent,” said McKinley. “As an engineer, I’ve designed energy-efficient buildings and understand how to conserve energy and save money.”

Welch is the founder of the House Energy Saving Performance Caucus and the co-chair, along with Rep. McKinley, of the High Performance Building Caucus.

“Our elected officials are talking a lot about helping middle-class Americans and small business, and that’s exactly what this bill would do,” said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. “First, it would create thousands of jobs in construction, manufacturing, engineering and other sectors by stimulating efficiency projects across the country. Second, it would save consumers billions of dollars that could be reinvested in the economy.”

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