American Energy Security and Innovation: An Assessment of Private-Sector Successes and Opportunities in Energy Efficient Technologies, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, February 26, 2013   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the February 26, 2013 hearing on "American Energy Security and Innovation: An Assessment of Private-Sector Successes and Opportunities in Energy Efficient Technologies," held before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From the opening statement of Ed Whitfield: "History teaches us that nothing is more efficient than the free market. The only thing you need to spur than improve energy efficiency is profit-seeking companies responding rationally to high energy bills. Any company that doesn't use energy as wisely as possible will lose ground to a competitor that does. This is why free economies are the most efficient and have the lowest energy inputs per units of gross domestic product when you contrast that particularly with centrally-planned economies, which are certainly not as efficient." From the opening statement of Bobby L. Rush: "Mr. Chairman, while today's hearing focuses on the progress made in the private sector, let us not forget that it was the leadership of State and Federal Government activities that paved the way for many of these energy efficiency successes. DOE [Department of Energy] rulemaking spurred dozens of national efficiency standards for appliances and equipment since 1987. ACCC-EEE [American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy], rather, found that these existing standards will provide net savings of $1.1 trillion through 2035, while also reducing carbon pollution by the equivalent amount of taking approximately 118 coal-fired power plants offline by that same year. In fact, in 2010, overall U.S. energy use was 7 percent less than it would have been without these extending-existing, rather, standards." From the opening statement of Fred Upton: "We have got to remember that as the sequester takes center stage this week, that the Federal Government is the Nation's largest user of energy, and sensibly utilizing energy-saving techniques can significantly reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on federal energy costs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lisa Murkowski, Jeanne Shaheen, Kathleen Hogan, Kevin C. Kosisko, Britta MacIntosh, James Crouse, Helen A. Burt, R. Neal Elliott, and Ted Gayer.

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