Senate Holds Hearing on Energy Efficiency Efforts in the United States and Internationally
Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) opened the hearing stating that efficiency is key to making energy more affordable and will play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ranking Member Joe Manchin followed, acknowledging that energy efficiency is cheaper than investing in any type of new generation and that it is a proven source for job creation in the United States. Not only does increased efficiency create more domestic jobs, but it will also allow the U.S. to produce more gross domestic product (GDP) for the same amount of energy output, saving individual Americans money and making the overall economy stronger.
The following four witnesses provided testimony at the hearing:
- Dr. Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency
- Mr. Daniel Bresette, Executive Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute
- Ms. Jennifer Layke, Global Director for Energy, World Resources Institute
- Mr. W. Scott Tew, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
“U.S. products and technology must remain on the cutting edge of efficiency if we are to compete in emerging markets and with multinational companies’ product expectations. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has the opportunity to chart a course using data and information on the best available policy options and help ensure that our efforts on RD&D, fiscal and tax policy, equipment and appliance codes and standards and, leading by example, chart a course to global competitiveness and secure Americans’ energy future.”
To view a recording of the full hearing or read witness testimony, please visit the Committee’s webpage.