Sen. Portman Talks Energy Efficiency In Cambridge

by Mackenzie Stasko on August 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

The Republican senator took a closed tour of Quanex, a manufacturing company that produces energy efficient products, while talking about job creation and a more energy efficient economy.

"I’ve been particularly interested in coming here to Quanex because of the work they do on energy efficiency," said Sen. Portman (R-OH). "They product material that goes into windows and doors. It makes them work much better for consumers and for businesses in order to save energy, and I think that’s one of the things we ought to be doing."

Portman says he wants the U.S. to become more energy efficient. So he and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire, have been working on a bipartisan bill called the Energy Savings Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), which recently went through a committee process with what Portman calls, "a strong vote."

"We’ve got a vote out of committee of 19-3 which is unusual. That means it’s bipartisan. Not too much bipartisan legislation going through right now and it really is kind of low-hanging fruit on the energy front. In otherwords, by making houses more efficient, by making manufacturing facilities more efficient, we can save energy and not have to use as much of our valuable energy."

Portman says if the bill is passed, it would create more manufacturing jobs, which gives companies more incentive to keep their business here. Cambridge is just one of Senator Portman’s stops during his summer break from the Senate. His next stop is in Cleveland.