Consumer Advocate Launches National Campaign Aimed at Educating Consumers on How U.S. Energy Infrastructure Can Ensure Stable Energy Prices

Consumer Group Warns of Increased Energy Costs without New Pipeline
Development in Latest On-Going Multi-State Effort

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$energy #CEAConsumer
Energy Alliance
(CEA), a national consumer advocacy organization
that represents consumers, manufacturers, agriculture, energy,
renewables and other industries, today launched a national campaign,
“Pipelines for America,” focused on educating consumers about the
increasing importance of U.S. energy infrastructure – and how more is
needed to keep consumer energy prices stable and better protect the
environment.

Pipelines
for America
” is being launched at a time when the consumer group,
made up of more than 400,000 members, is increasingly concerned about
the severe lack of sufficient U.S. energy infrastructure and what it
could mean for millions of American families, small businesses and
consumers who depend on reliable, affordable energy and have, to date,
benefited from America’s record-setting energy revolution of recent
years.

According to an IHS
Global Insight study
, in 2015, record increases in U.S. energy
production contributed to making U.S. companies more competitive, adding
nearly two million jobs economy-wide and providing an extra $1,300 to
the average consumer’s wallet. However, CEA has great concern that
despite America’s abundant natural resources, the nation lacks the
pipelines and transmission lines required to transport energy safely to
where it’s needed.

“We need to make sure that America’s abundant energy resources can be
delivered to consumers safely and efficiently,” said John Eichberger,
National Association of Convenience Stores representative and CEA Board
Member
. “As families across America looks to us for their fill-ups
for business and summer vacations, convenience fuel retailers understand
the critical importance of affordable supplies of transportation fuels,
and CEA’s ‘Pipelines for America’ campaign will help ensure that
American consumers directly benefit from the country’s natural
resources. This is a critical element of an all-of-the-above energy
strategy that is essential to creating a sustainable energy economy.”

“Given the nation’s critical energy infrastructure needs, CEA is
increasingly concerned about the small but vocal minority who back the
‘Keep It in the Ground’ movement. This notion is unrealistic and
threatens to harm American consumers, jobs and families, as well as the
economic progress made possible by America’s energy revolution,” said CEA
President David Holt
. “That’s why this campaign seeks to alert the
American public of the urgent need for pipelines and the continued
importance of both safeguarding our environment and developing our
energy resources responsibly.”

“Energy is a critical ingredient that powers every American industry –
everything from agriculture and automotive to chemicals and steel,” said Jennifer
Diggins, immediate past Chairwoman of CEA and Director of Public Affairs
for Nucor Corporation
, who added that an increase in energy costs is
a direct hit on various sectors’ bottom lines. “As the largest steel
producer in the U.S., we’re pleased that CEA is taking this important
step to educate consumers on the important role energy plays in our
everyday lives and the pillars that support lower energy costs and job
and economic growth.”

CEA’s “Pipelines
for America
” campaign will work to engage consumers across the U.S.
to better support affordable energy through greater infrastructure
development. This will be done via advertising, events and grassroots
activities across several states. Efforts will begin in the northeastern
and southeastern portions of the U.S. along the Atlantic coast and
throughout the Mid-Continent and Midwest.

As part of the launch, CEA has also unveiled a new website (www.pipeline.consumerenergyalliance.org)
to promote public awareness of energy infrastructure and the importance
of pipeline development to regions throughout the United States.
Throughout this campaign, CEA will work with and engage its regional
affiliates and grassroots members to ensure that families, businesses,
manufacturers, labor groups, and American consumers understand the
importance of pipeline development to America’s energy future.

Please visit www.pipeline.consumerenergyalliance.org
to view our latest advertising efforts and learn more about the
importance of U.S. energy infrastructure and its connection to ensuring
stable energy prices for American consumers.

About Consumer Energy Alliance

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) brings together consumers, farmers, small
businesses producers and manufacturers to engage in a meaningful
dialogue about America’s energy future. With more than 400,000 members
nationwide, our mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy
security four households across the country. We believe energy
development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and thus
it is necessary for all consumers to actively engage in the conversation
about how we develop and diversify our energy resources and energy’s
importance to the economy. CEA promotes a thoughtful dialogue to help
produce our abundant energy supply, and balance our energy needs with
our nation’s environmental and conservation goals. Learn more at ConsumerEnergyAlliance.org.

Contacts

Consumer Energy Alliance
Emily Haggstrom, 720-582-0242
ehaggstrom@consumerenergyalliance.org