NALMCO highlights PEERS initiative with Congressional leaders in Washington, DC

The Steering Committee for The Program for Energy Efficiency Through Responsible Stimulus (PEERS) met with members of Congress in Washington, DC, January 20 – 21, 2010. They experienced first hand the phrase, “It is the people’s seat” and how these words apply at a national level.

Randy Breske, Congressman David G. Reichert R – WA, Jim Frank and Ray Pustinger.

Randy Breske, Congressman David G. Reichert R – WA, Jim Frank and Ray Pustinger.

PEERS is a grassroots initiative that seeks matching government funds for existing state and utility energy efficiency rebates and to direct ARRA stimulus funds toward energy efficient lighting retrofit projects in a public/private sector partnership. The PEERS Committee is headed by the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies® (NALMCO®).

“We are asking the government to direct $16 Billion of the ARRA stimulus act’s nearly $800 Billion to support energy efficiency retrofit programs. These additional rebates will help business owners retrofit their facilities with energy efficient equipment that will lower utility bills and reduce the cost of doing business. The PEERS initiative provides a proven conduit for stimulus dollars to enter the economy, produce measurable results, create jobs, reduce pollution and increase our nation’s energy independence,” NALMCO President Jim Frank, CLMC, of Facility Solutions Group based in Austin, TX, said.

The PEERS Alliance Steering Committee contacted sponsors who supported H.R. 4226 and S. 1637, proposed proactive energy/incentive legislation directed toward private residences. These contacts led to the January 2010 visit to Washington, D.C.

“PEERS is an opportunity for our industry to take a leadership role in the nation’s economic recovery. The PEERS initiative has the potential to generate thousands of new energy efficient projects across the country, each of which brings tangible benefits for business owners, the economy and the public. We were pleased with the response to our efforts to introduce PEERS, including multiple invitations to make personal visits and presentations,” said PEERS Steering Committee Chair Randy Breske, CLMC, of Stay-Lite Lighting, Inc. in Pewaukee, WI.

While in Washington, DC, the PEERS Committee met with members of Congress and shared the basic tenets of the PEERS concept:

  • Direct a portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus monies toward private sector ECM projects
  • Management and over site of these funds through existing state, municipal or utility incentive programs, thus dramatically reducing the dilution of funds through the creation of a management arm tasked with the delivery of the program/funds;
  • And, most importantly, the direct benefits of the concept, those being a vehicle designed to implement the “immediate and shovel ready” delivery of a program that will ensure:
    • Environmental impacts through massive reductions in energy consumption
    • Positive steps toward energy independence
    • Simulation of local and national economy
    • Creation and retention of jobs
    • Creation of a true public and private partnership

The PEERS message was well-received by members of Congress.

“While the PEERS concept is fueled by energy efficiency, it’s most compelling benefit today is immediate jobs creation. We found in our visits with congressional leaders that an opportunity exists to include a PEERS concept allocation as a part of the jobs legislation currently being worked on,” PEERS Committee Member Ray Pustinger, CLMC, CEM, CDSM, of Precision-Paragon [P2] in Yorba Linda, CA, stated.

The next step is to reach out to Senators and Representatives involved in drafting legislation focused on increasing employment.

Those visiting Washington, DC, were: Jim Frank, CLMC, NALMCO President; Randy Breske, CLMC, PEERS Steering Committee Chair; and Ray Pustinger, CLMC, CEM, CDSM, PEERS Steering Committee Member. During the visit, the Steering Committee met with 11 concerned Americans, Statesmen, and Patriots and delivered a unified message, “Our great country and its economy are facing some critical issues and challenges, the solution to which will come only through ideas and involvement from people like us. This is the people’s seat.”

Thank you to the following offices for their time during the two-day visit:
Congressman David G. Reichert R – WA
Congressman Christopher J. Lee R – NY
Congressman Ron Kind D – WI
Congressman Geoff Davis R – KY
Congressman Tom Perriello D – VA
Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. R – WI
Senator Dianne Feinstein D – CA
Senator Russell D. Feingold D – WI
Senator Herb Kohl D – WI
Senator Pat Roberts R – KS
Senator Sam Brownback R – KS


Unallocated Stimulus Funds

Concerned that PEERS might have some trouble because ARRA funds are already spoken for? The Manufacturer’s Alliance says “Au Contraire.” In a May 19, 2009 article titled, Stimulus Funds Begin To Flow Slowly But Manufacturers Will Have a Hard Time Identifying Opportunities, the alliance notes that nearly $500 Billion in stimulus funds have yet to be obligated to a specific role. The goal of the PEERS Alliance is to direct a portion of that money to energy efficient relighting projects.

Download The Manufacturers’ Alliance Report PDF


Energy Efficiency = Energy Surplus

One of the keys to understanding the potential effects of large-scale energy efficiency projects is learning to equate energy efficiency with a potential energy surplus. The link is strongly established in the Hewlett Foundation report “California’s Secret Energy Surplus: The Potential for Energy Efficiency” Prepared by XENERGY Inc. September 23, 2002.
Download The Energy Surplus Report PDF




The PEERS Committee is a grassroots coalition headed by the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies®, NALMCO®. PEERS seeks to direct ARRA stimulus funds towards energy efficiency projects of all types (Lighting, HVAC, Motors, Building Envelope, Renewables) in a public/private sector partnership.


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Ankeny IA 50023
(515) 243-2360

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