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Sen. Hirono Takes to Senate Floor, Urges Passage of Bipartisan Bill Promoting Energy Efficiency and Job Creation

Yesterday, Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor in support of a bipartisan bill that would help promote energy efficiency in Hawaii and around the country.

Hirono Touts Hawaii’s Commitment To Sustainability & Energy Conservation As A National Model

Hirono Touts Hawaii’s Commitment To Sustainability & Energy Conservation As A National Model

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act would help states reduce our nation’s CO2 emissions while also saving taxpayers money by making the federal government more energy-efficient and supporting job creation and training in the commercial building design and operation industry. If signed into law, the bill is estimated to create 164,000 new jobs, yield net annual savings of $13.7 billion, and reduce CO2 emissions by 80.2 million metric tons in the next two decades.

“The policies in this bill make significant progress towards reducing energy costs for consumers and businesses, driving innovation, reducing environmental harm, and positioning the U.S. as a leader in clean energy technology and jobs,” Hirono said on the floor.

Hirono noted how Hawaii is uniquely affected by oil prices as the state most dependent on imported fossil fuel and touted Hawaii’s commitment to sustainability as a national model, highlighting how Hawaii received the Energy Services Coalition’s top award for energy efficiency.

“Hawaii has set some of the nation’s most aggressive goals for generating renewable energy, and improving energy efficiency,” Hirono said. “Thanks to the State of Hawaii’s commitment to improving energy efficiency, Hawaii is the nation’s number one user of energy savings performance contracts. In fact, just a few weeks ago the State of Hawaii was awarded the Energy Services Coalition’s “Race to the Top Award” which recognizes the State’s commitment to pursuing energy savings through performance contracting.”

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Hirono’s full remarks as prepared read below:

Mr. President, I want to speak for a few minutes in support of the bill currently before the Senate, S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013.
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