Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have been receiving renewed support for their energy efficiency legislation that they reintroduced to the Senate at the end of last week. In addition to having numerous Republican co-sponsors – something that was lacking when the bill was first created last year – Portman and Shaheen also have the broad support of the American people who want to see action taken on environmental issues. Now, the Shaheen-Portman bill has gained another powerful new advocate: Real estate leaders.
The Real Estate Roundtable is a group made up of leaders of both public and privately-owned real estate development and management companies. Together with people from national real estate trade associations, they work to advocate for the key policy issues that affect not only the real estate market but the United States' overall economy.
The organization has thrown their full support behind the Shaheen-Portman bill, believing that it will help deal with the environmental issues the country faces while also boosting the economy. According to a study from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the bill will add 190,000 jobs by the year 2030. Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer told reporters that the proposed legislation is a "triple-win" by creating jobs, enhancing energy security and preserving the environment.
The House of Representatives has their own version of an energy bill currently making its way through various subcommittees, though it is unclear how either bill will face in a general vote. However, if you are looking to beat Congress to the punch improve your home energy efficiency, contact Alban Inspections today to schedule an energy audit.