Catch Up With Congress

February Recess and Energy Efficiency Coalitions

Posted by Matthew J. Pelrine, Government Affairs Committee on 14 February 2015 | 0 Comments

As Massachusetts digs out from yet another disruptive snow storm, the Commonwealth’s elected officials on Capitol Hill return to the state for a week of constituency work and are set to reconvene in Washington on February 24.

As Massachusetts Representatives and Senators will be working from their local offices this week, the coming week presents a perfect opportunity to check in with our elected officials. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is urging its members to support energy efficiency coalitions on Capitol Hill. The Keystone XL bill that was recently approved by the House of Representatives included the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 as an amendment. Although President Obama has promised to veto the Keystone bill, the 94 – 5 Senate vote approving the amendment could foreshadow the success of broader energy efficiency legislation in 2015: The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC). Introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), ESIC is designed to apply cost-effective measures to address energy consumption and incentivize private sector utilization of energy efficient technologies across all economic sectors. Randi Hutchinson and former Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) continue to lobby for support of ESIC on behalf of NARI.


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To find the officials representing your district and their corresponding contact information, please visit:

For a one-page summary of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, please visit:

For results of a NARI poll concerning energy efficiency upgrades, please visit:

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