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Letter

Peter Welch

From the office of:

Peter Welch

Sending Office: Honorable Peter Welch
Sent By:
Alex.Piper@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support Energy Savings Performance Contracting in a Stimulus Package

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in sending the letter below to House leadership requesting that Energy Savings Performance Contracting be utilized in any future stimulus legislation. 

Jobless claims have reached 26 million over the last five weeks and 70% of the job losses in the clean energy sector are energy efficiency jobs. In just this quarter, the energy efficiency industry is expected to lose at least 250,000 jobs. By leveraging
funding with performance contracting, we can create more quality jobs with less money, give the government a 4 to 1 return on investment, and create more energy efficient buildings. 

This letter asks for:

  • $2.5 billion for federal agencies to address backlog maintenance and additional mission and energy-related needs by utilizing performance contracting.
  • Passage of the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act (H.R. 3079/S. 1706).
  • Passage of the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act (H.R. 5650/S. 1857).

By providing $2.5 billion to agencies, an additional $10 billion in private sector funding can be leveraged through performance contracting, ensuring roughly $12.5 billion in rapid economic investment. According to estimates, this will create at least 125,000
jobs to address the energy conservation projects which federal agencies have already identified and are ready to be implemented.

The two bills are bipartisan and bicameral that will promote economic stimulus, support energy efficiency upgrades, and help the environment. Pairing these bills with stimulus dollars will promote inclusion of cyber security and resiliency measures, promote
deeper retrofits, and allow for the inclusion of healthy building components, all while ensuring the payback is reasonable. 

The deadline to sign is COB Monday, May 4. If you would like to sign on, or have any questions, please contact Alex Piper in my office at Alex.Piper@mail.house.gov.

 

 

 

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy,

As you develop legislation to respond to the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, we urge you to take action that not only spurs job creation, but also efficiently utilizes taxpayer money to maximize economic stimulus and complete lasting energy efficiency
upgrades. Jobless claims have reached 22 million over the last four weeks and 70% of the job losses in the clean energy sector are energy efficiency jobs. In just this quarter, the energy efficiency industry is expected to lose at least 250,000 jobs. By leveraging
funding with performance contracting, we can create more quality jobs with less money, give the government a 4 to 1 return on investment, and create more energy efficient buildings.

Now, more than ever, we must collaborate with our private sector partners to help bring our economy back from devastation. We urge you to include the following in any future COVID-19 stimulus package to leverage private sector activity and investment in
federal energy efficiency upgrades:

  • $2.5 billion for federal agencies to address backlog maintenance and additional mission and energy-related needs by utilizing performance contracting.
  • Passage of the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act (H.R. 3079/S. 1706).
  • Passage of the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act (H.R. 5650/S. 1857).

By providing $2.5 billion to agencies, an additional $10 billion in private sector funding can be leveraged through performance contracting, ensuring roughly $12.5 billion in rapid economic investment. According to estimates, this will create at least 125,000
jobs to address the energy conservation projects which federal agencies have already identified and are ready to be implemented. Part of this funding should be directed to project facilitation. Each of the various departments should hire and maintain additional
personnel for developing, implementing and contracting these infrastructure projects. Having adequate staff and qualified personnel in place will allow for rapid construction start dates and will expedite the process, leading to better energy savings outcomes
in less time and with less taxpayer dollars spent.

In addition, we look forward to working with you to bring to the House floor H.R. 3079, the Energy Savings through Public-Private Partnerships Act, and H.R. 5650, the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act. These are two bipartisan, bicameral
bills that will promote economic stimulus, support energy efficiency upgrades, and help the environment. We believe that pairing these bills with stimulus dollars will promote inclusion of cyber security and resiliency measures, promote deeper retrofits, and
allow for the inclusion of healthy building components, all while ensuring the payback is reasonable. Thank you for your consideration of these proposals. 

 

Sincerely,

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