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Petitioning U.S. Senate

Congress needs to give utilities a tougher clean energy goal

The United States has long been a leader in innovative technology, but we've fallen behind China and several European nations in the quest to develop the most promising industry of the 21st century — clean energy technology.

The House version of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (otherwise known as the Waxman-Markey climate change bill) contains a clean energy goal that's crucial to rebuilding our competitiveness. It calls for 20 percent of our electricity being produced by renewable methods by the year 2020, while another 5 percent in electricity would be saved by energy efficiency measures.

A Senate committee version of the bill would require only 15 percent of our electricity to be produced by renewable methods by 2021, and only 4 percent to be saved through energy efficiency. Frankly, the House version may still not be ambitious enough, but it would be better than the Senate version at reducing greenhouse gases and it would be more effective at steering American innovation toward clean energy.

According to media reports, this is one portion of the House bill that the majority of senators may be willing to adopt without compromising away other good ideas. This petition is intended to press individual senators toward adopting the House clean energy targets without weakening other parts of the bill.

Letter to
U.S. Senate
The United States has long been a leader in innovative technology. But we've fallen behind China and several European nations in the quest to develop the most promising industry of the 21st century — clean energy technology. Please help us regain our leadership position!

The House version of the American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 contains a clean energy goal that is crucial to rebuilding our competitiveness. It calls for 20 percent of our electricity being produced by renewable methods by the year 2020, while another 5 percent in electricity would be saved by energy efficiency measures.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's version of ACES would require only 15 percent of our electricity to be produced by renewable methods by 2021, and only 4 percent to be saved through energy efficiency. The House version is enough to stem climate change, but it would be more effective at steering American innovation toward clean energy.

We urge the Senate to do more to grow our renewable energy industry by adopting the House's goal of at least 20 percent in renewable energy and 5 percent in efficiency by 2020.

It's time for America's electric utilities to stop standing on the sidelines when it comes to cleaning up their own pollution mess. Please back this modest, pro-innovation measure to use ratepayers' money to help America build the industry of the 21st century.