Kerry, Snowe Add Small Business Energy Efficiency Provisions to Energy Bill

Washington, DC (June 21, 2007)- Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) secured amendments to the Clean Energy Act (H.R. 6) that help small businesses increase their energy efficiency. The amendments also hold the Bush Administration accountable for failing to provide tools that will help small businesses reduce their dependency on fossil fuels.

“America’s small business owners will now have a partner in Washington to help them reduce their energy costs and empower them to be on the front lines fighting global climate change,” said Kerry, Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
“As the Ranking Member on the Small Business Committee and as a longstanding steward of the environment, I firmly believe that small businesses should play a leading role in forging a solution to global climate change and rising energy prices,” said Senator Snowe. “Our provisions will help to incentivize small businesses to make a smaller carbon ‘footprint.'”
The provisions introduced include support for energy efficiency audits, a telecommuting pilot program, and loans for small businesses implementing or conducting research on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
For more information, visit the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.