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U.S. Energy Secretary Bodman Highlights the Economic Incentives of Energy Efficiency at the Pittsburgh Energy Summit 2006

January 6, 2006 - 9:10am

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PITTSBURGH, PA - U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman joined Reps. Melissa Hart and Tim Murphy today for the Pittsburgh Energy Summit 2006 to discuss how communities and companies fuel Pittsburgh's economy and how the Energy Policy Act of 2005 will impact jobs and the economy of Pennsylvania. In particular, he highlighted the energy efficiency tax credits made available January 1, 2006.

The Pittsburgh Energy Summit 2006 brought business and community leaders together to discuss America's energy challenges, the need for economic and energy policies that will promote the nation's strong record of economic growth and job creation, and to maintain open lines of communication among Pittsburgh's local industry energy leaders.

"Over the past year, America's economy has seen steady growth, even in the wake of hurricanes and higher gas prices." said Secretary Bodman. "One of the best ways to maintain this prosperity is by using our resources more efficiently and limiting America's energy demand. Thanks to the new energy legislation signed by President Bush in August, Pennsylvanians can now save money while saving energy."

"Energy independence is not only an economic issue, it is a national security issue.  Promoting energy efficiency and independence are an integral part of overcoming the challenges we face.  I am grateful that Secretary Bodman was able to participate in today's discussion on how we help achieve independence and how our region can work together to strengthen our economy," said Congresswoman Hart."

"The Energy Policy Act passed this year by Congress can have a positive impact for Pittsburgh and allow it to produce the next generation of energy technology and scientists and engineers to develop it," Congressman Murphy said. It constitutes the greatest opportunity for Pittsburgh in decades."

Other panelists at the Pittsburgh Energy Summit 2006 included: Brett Harvey, President/CEO of Consol Energy; Jeffrey Lipton, President/CEO, Nova Chemicals; Dion McMullen, President, Builders' Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh; Steve Tritch, President/CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company; and Jim Rohr, Chairman, PNC Bank and incoming Chairman, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

As part of a broader effort to highlight the Bush Administration's economic and energy initiatives, today Deputy Secretary of Energy Clay Sell spoke before the Chamber of Commerce in Tampa, Florida regarding the positive short- and long-term impacts of the Energy Bill on Tampa's local economy. Also today, Assistant Secretary Karen Harbert held an event at Lowe's Home Improvement Store in Nashville, Tennessee to promote easy ways consumers can save energy and how Americans can take advantage of the tax credits made available by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Media contact(s):

Craig Stevens, 202-586-4940

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