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NECA Urges Senate to Conference with House on Energy Bill

Jun 16, 2016

The National Electrical Contractors Association, the nationally recognized voice of the electrical construction industry, has voiced its support for the bipartisan energy legislation recently approved by both the Senate and the House (S. 2012), sending a letter to every member of the Senate on Wednesday morning.

In the letter (below), Marco Giamberardino, NECA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs, urged members of the Senate to proceed to formal conference with the House on the legislation, which he deemed “critical.”

“NECA appreciates the hard work that Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman (Lisa) Murkowski and Ranking Member (Maria) Cantwell have put into this legislation,” Giamberardino writes. “It is critical that the Senate move forward to conference so that the versions passed by the House and the Senate can be reconciled, and Congress can approve the first piece of comprehensive energy legislation in a decade.”

The measure focuses on the transmission, distribution, and storage of energy to ensure the country has the necessary infrastructure to meet today’s modern energy challenges and will bring its energy policies into the 21st century. It would also expand the use of resiliency-related technologies such as advanced grid technologies, distributed generation, microgrid systems, combined heat and power, waste heat resources, and energy storage technologies. Giamberardino said the benefits are clear: job creation, energy security, energy independence and economic growth.

“We urge the Senate to move forward and begin the process to conference these two bills as soon as possible,” he said.


Subject: NECA Urges Senate to Conference with House on Energy Bill (S.2012)

June 15, 2016

On behalf of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), I am writing in strong support of bipartisan energy legislation approved by both the Senate and the House, (S. 2012), and urge Members of the Senate to proceed to formal conference with the House on this critical legislation. 

This long-awaited and comprehensive energy policy measure focuses on the transmission, distribution, and storage of energy to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to meet today’s modern energy challenges and will bring our nation’s energy policies into the 21st century. It would also expand the use of resiliency-related technologies such as advanced grid technologies, distributed generation, microgrid systems, combined heat and power, waste heat resources, and energy storage technologies. Making greater use of these new technologies will help conserve energy and helps companies save money in the long run.
 
NECA appreciates the hard work that Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell have put into this legislation. It is critical that the Senate move forward to conference so that the versions passed by the House and Senate can be reconciled, and Congress can approve the first piece of comprehensive energy legislation in a decade.
 
NECA is the nationally recognized voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office and its 119 local chapters are dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, safety codes, standards development, and government relations. NECA is committed to advocating for a comprehensive energy policy that addresses all available opportunities for energy exploration and independence.
 
The benefits of S.2012 are clear: job creation, energy security, energy independence, and economic growth. We urge the Senate to move forward and begin the process to conference these two bills as soon as possible. 

Sincerely,

Marco A. Giamberardino
Executive Director, Government Affairs



ABOUT THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

NECA is the nationally recognized voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office and its 119 local chapters are dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, safety codes, standards development, and government relations. NECA is committed to advocating for a comprehensive energy policy that addresses all available opportunities for energy exploration and independence.