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July 17, 2013

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Clean Energy Businesses Praise Congressmen Welch and Gardner on Legislation to Promote Energy Efficient Federal Buildings

Washington, DC -- The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) – a coalition representing the energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas industries – released the following statement today from Council President Lisa Jacobson on the introduction of legislation by Congressmen Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Peter Welch (D-VT) that would extend the Federal goal for Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) for five years.
“Clean energy businesses welcome the introduction of this important piece of energy efficiency legislation. The Federal government spends over $6 billion on energy costs per year and the government can and should save taxpayer dollars by using energy more efficiently, particularly in these times of declining budgets. Furthermore, enactment of this legislation would help to upgrade Federal facilities and buildings with no upfront cost to the government since the Energy Saving Performance Contractor is repaid solely from energy savings.  

“Energy efficiency and demand response help the government, consumers and businesses reduce their energy costs—pumping more money into the economy for investment and job creation.  As evidenced in the Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook, released by the BCSE and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, traditional energy sources have been declining over the past five years, and natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency are on the rise. These changes are increasing the diversity of the country’s energy mix, improving our energy security, cutting energy waste, increasing our energy productivity, and reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Factbook shows that energy efficiency has played a role in the shift to a cleaner economy.  Energy efficiency has allowed major power consumers - such as manufacturers - to cut their energy costs and has allowed utilities to scale back production from some of the costliest power plants.  The Factbook shows that between 2007-2012 energy use declined 6.1 percent as the result of energy efficiency while the nation’s Gross Domestic Product grew by 3 percent. These trends show that the economy can grow while using energy more efficiently."

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