October 09, 2015

The Bill with Nine Lives

by Erin Johnson

For those of you who follow my View from Here blog for DWM, you are probably very familiar with my stance on the proposed Portman-Shaheen Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC).  That’s because I have been reporting on it since March 17, 2014.
 
Headlines have included:
 
  • 2014 Bills to Watch
  • Why the Shaheen Bill S.2074 is Important
  • Three Giant Leaps for Energy-Efficiency Standards
  • Bad News for Bi-Partisan Bill
  • Partisan Politics Stall Productivity
  • A Tale of Two Bills: 10-Year Paybacks are Back in Vogue
  • Same Issues, Different Outlook after WDMA Legislative Conference
  • Finally, Some Momentum in Congress
  • Portman-Shaheen Bill continues to move through Senate
If nothing else, these headlines illustrate the roller coaster ride that this bill has been on since it was first introduced in 2013. Since then it’s been killed and reintroduced several times in 2013, 2014 and now 2015. We all know things can move slowly in government, but what is it about this bill that keeps it alive?
 
The sordid history has little to do with the merits of the bill. Rather, it has been the victim of partisan politicking.  According to a recent news release from the U.S. senate, a study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that Shaheen-Portman will create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16.2 billion a year, and cut CO2 emissions and other air pollutants by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road – all by 2030.
 
The bottom line is that there are very few if any downfalls to this proposed legislation. For our industry, it would mean increased interest in energy-efficient window systems. This bill lives on because it is worth the effort. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to write your members of Congress to pledge your support.
 
Questions or comments? Email me directly at eric.jackson@quanex.com.

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