Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Leads Democrats In Energy Efficiency Hearing On Energy And Power Subcommittee

Feb 26, 2013
Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
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WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush, Ranking Democratic member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power participated in a hearing on American Energy Security and Innovation: An Assessment of Private-Sector and Opportunities in Energy Efficient Technologies.

The following are excerpts of Rush’s opening remarks and dialogue with Department of Energy officials:

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding today’s hearing on the successes and opportunities in energy efficient technologies.  Mr. Chairman, it is my sincere hope that after hearing from today’s panel of witnesses, Members from both sides of the aisle will be able to come together and move the country’s energy policy forward by working to enact commonsense energy efficiency legislation.”

Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency testified before the Subcommittee and discussed the Department’s recent achievements in their effort to help the American people and businesses save money by lowering utility bills in buildings, enhance American competitiveness and energy productivity through advanced manufacturing, and reduce fuel consumption and lower the cost of transportation.

“How is the Department addressing the impact of energy cost on low income households in Illinois’ First District where families disproportionately pay higher for energy bills?” asked Rush.  “I would like the opportunity to work directly with your Department to continually expand the Department’s Weatherization Program as it builds newer housing to ensure those units are up to Department energy standards.”  Rush also interjected the importance of teaching younger generations the importance of energy savings.

Three panels spoke before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power including U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire, Kevin Kosisko, Vice President of Services at ABB North America, on behalf of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the Industrial Energy Electrification Coalition, James Crouse, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine Corporation, on behalf of the U.S. Combined Heat & Power Association, Helen Burt, Senior Vice President Consumer Care and Chief Customer Officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, R. Neal Elliott, Associate Director for Research at American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Ted Gayer, Co-Director and Joseph A. Pechman, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution.

For more information about today’s hearing visit the hearing information page.