Home Star Update

Fri, 2010-06-25 15:25

Here’s the latest update from the National Save Energy Coalition on Home Star:

Pivotal Week for Climate & Energy – Last week, Democratic Senators met to discuss their options for climate and energy legislation this year. After presentations on their respective proposals

from Senators Bingaman (D-NM), Cantwell (D-WA) & Collins (R-ME), Lugar (R-IN), and Kerry (D-MA) & Lieberman (I-CT) there was not sufficient time to debate, so the Senators have rescheduled a meeting for Thursday. You can see the presentation given on the CLEAR Act, from Senators Cantwell and Collins, here and an overview and analysis of the American Power Act, from Senators Kerry and Lieberman, here. With time running short in the legislative calendar before the election season, Senators need to decide quickly what type of bill to introduce if they are to answer President Obama’s call to reform our energy system. President Obama has also scheduled a meeting with key Senators in the climate debate from both parties for this Wednesday. The President hopes to use the meeting to assess which strategies for climate and energy legislation are acceptable to Senators, which will assist in crafting legislation.

Home Star Efforts – The Home Star Coalition continues to lay the groundwork for speedy passage of the bill if and when it is introduced into the full Senate. Today, Coalition members held a briefing on Home Star for all Senate staff. Meanwhile, Coalition members are meeting with all 100 Senate offices individually. Another positive development is the release of letters of support from the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, two large and influential groups.

Home Star Ad in Maine – The National SAVE Energy Coalition, in conjunction w/ the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals, ran the attached ad in the two primary Maine newspapers, the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News. The ad thanks Senator Snowe for co-sponsoring Home Star and features numerous businesses in the state that are ready and able to utilize Home Star funding, create jobs, and save consumers money. We hope the ad will spur Senator Snowe to attach Home Star to the next bill that is “ready to move” out the Finance Committee and encourage Senator Collins, also from Maine, to sign-on as a co-sponsor.