Home Star Coalition Milestone

Fri, 2010-07-16 11:53

Here's the latest update from the National Save Energy Coalition:
Home Star Coalition Hits 2,000 – In the quest to add Home Star to the Small Business Jobs bill, the Home Star Coalition last week set an aggressive goal to increase membership in the Coalition from 1,500 to 2,000 companies. I’m happy to report that in just over a week, the Coalition reached that goal! Joining is an incredibly valuable action, as Senators use the list to gauge support in their State. If your company is considering joining, now is the time! The Home Star Coalition regularly delivers the list of members to Senate staff and joining is free. Join today at www.HomeStarCoalition.org/join.html.

Clean Energy Webinar Follow Up – On Tuesday July 13, the National SAVE Energy Coalition hosted the webinar, “Sprint to Clean Energy Legislation.” The webinar discussed the status of Home Star and strategic efforts to help attach it to the Small Business Loan Bill and ensure passage. It also covered the politics of a climate and energy bill and the merits of the various bills that Senator Reid may choose to include in the package. If you missed the webinar, you can watch a recording of it here (it will ask you to register, then launch the video). A PDF of the slides is also attached. Thanks to our great speakers from California Energy Efficiency Council, David Gardiner & Associates, National Association of Energy Service Companies, and Efficiency First!

Reid to Release Climate & Energy Bill in July – Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) shed some light on the forthcoming climate and energy bill this week, saying that he expects to release a bill the final week in July. Importantly, Senator Reid maintains the bill will include measures to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, though he won’t say exactly what that system is. Additionally, the bill will include measures to respond to the Gulf Oil Spill, to increase energy efficiency and to increase clean energy use. Speculations about the specifics of the greenhouse gas regulations revolve around a utility-only cap-and-trade system; the economy-wide cap, originally proposed by Senator Kerry (D-MA) and Lieberman (I-CT), is generally considered off the table. Senator Bingaman (D-NM) is now circulating a draft utility-only bill, and Senators Kerry and Lieberman have pledged to produce their own utility-only bill. Gaining Republican support of a climate bill has always faced tough opposition; however, Senator Snowe (R-ME) has indicated support for the utility-only approach.

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