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The Energy Standing Committee of The United States Conference of Mayors focuses on bringing energy efficiency to America's cities and energy independence to the United States. Below is a sample of a few of its ongoing priorities:


  • Full funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program
  • Increasing energy efficiency and conservation
  • Restructuring gas and electric utilities
  • Supporting smart grid initiatives
  • National Climate Change Legislation
  • National Renewable Portfolio Standards
  • Promoting energy independence

 

Adopted Resolutions

81st Annual Meeting Resolutions (Las Vegas, 06/13)

80th Annual Meeting Resolutions (Orlando, 06/12)

79th Annual Meeting Resolutions (Baltimore, 06/11)

78th Annual Meeting Resolutions (Oklahoma City, 06/10)

77th Annual Meeting Resolutions (Providence, 06/09)

76th Annual Meeting Resolutions (Miami, 06/08)

 

Current Legislation Supported by The U.S. Conference of Mayors Energy Standing Committee

Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act of 2013

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act of 2013 to Congress on June 20, 2013.  The bill supports the use of combined heat and power systems in industry, hospitals, universities, and other large facilities in order to reduce energy waste, strengthen energy system resiliency, increase industrial competitiveness, and promote local economic development by helping public and private entities to assess and implement energy systems that recover and use waste heat and local renewable energy resources.  At the 2013 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution in support of this bill titled, In Support of Combined Heat and Power to Promote Energy Efficiency.

 Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 on April 18, 2013.  The legislation is designed to increase the use of energy efficient technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the U.S. economy, while also fostering job creation.  The bill would take a variety of common-sense actions to accomplish this goal, including strengthening national building codes, training workers in energy efficient building design, and requiring the federal government to adopt energy savings techniques.  The U.S. Conference of Mayors has adopted several resolutions that support the goals of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, such as Endorsing the Maximum Achievable Building Energy Efficiency Improvements in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, which was adopted at the 81st Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Partnership to Build America Act of 2013

Representative Frank Delaney (D-MD) introduced the Partnership to Build America Act of 2013 on May 22, 2013.  The bill would establish the American Infrastructure Fund (AIF), a wholly-owned government corporation that would provide $50 million in infrastructure bonds, which can be used for energy projects at state and local levels.  The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in support of this bill at the 81st Annual Meeting in Las Vegas titled In Support of Repatriating Corporate Earnings to Build Infrastructure in the United States.

 

Partnerships

Mayors' Philips Lighting Partnership

The Mayors' Lighting Partnership program launched on January 18, 2013.  This program is a joint partnership between Philips Lighting and The U.S. Conference of Mayors designed to help mayors learn about lighting technology solutions for all their cities' lighting needs, creative ideas for financing projects, and best practice case studies that highlight results achieved throughout the country.  Take advantage of this outstanding opportunity by beginning with a free lighting audit of your city.

For information about Energy issues, please contact:

Debra DeHaney-Howard
Assistant Executive Director
U.S. Conference of Mayors
1620 I St., NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 861-6702 (w)
(202) 293-2352 (f) ddehaney@usmayors.org