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The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act Introduced by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts)

Last week Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward Markey introduced his first bill in the Senate, The American Renewable and Energy Efficiency Act, that would require utilities to generate a minimum of 25% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.  A summary of the bill begins with these statements:

Overwhelming majorities of Americans from both parties and across the country want greater access to clean energy. And they want government policies that support greater deployment of these technologies

The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act would create huge benefits for consumers, create jobs, and protect the environment by requiring electric utilities to obtain a minimum of 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and biomass by 2025. The bill also requires electric and natural gas utilities to implement energy efficiency programs that would save the equivalent of 15 percent and 10 percent of sales, respectively, by 2025.

To continue reading this summary, click on this link:
http://www.markey.senate.gov/documents/2013-10-31_EERES_Summary.pdf

To read the entire bill, click here:
http://www.markey.senate.gov/documents/2013-10-31_MarkeyRESEERS.pdf

Markey Bill Creates Jobs, Quadruples America’s Clean Electricity Production –  You Tube Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Mf2f8M4XM

The bill is supported by the following environmental and trade groups:

American Wind Energy Association, National Hydropower Association, Solar Energy Industry Association, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, TechNet, New England Clean Energy Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, League of Conservation Voters, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Environment America, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, First Wind, Ameresco, National Wildlife Foundation, Conservation Law Foundation