www.mnaction.org Friday, August 29, 2014  

Tell Senator Klobuchar: Keep renewable energy and efficiency separate and strong!

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Issue

Efficiency and renewables: Two distinct policies

Background

We all know that BOTH renewable energy and energy efficiency are vital components of our clean energy future.

Two important policies:

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS)
- The cheapest, cleanest energy resource is the energy we dont use.
- Boosting efficiency to use less energy costs 70 percent less than generating new energy.
- A strong efficiency standard reduces demand, making a renewable energy standard more easily attainable.

Renewable Energy Standard (RES)
- A Renewable Energy Standard requires electric utilities to increase the amount of renewable energy in their mix by a set amount over time.
- A Renewable Energy Standard is key to increasing our clean energy supply.
- 20 states have already proven the success of such a measure.

For these essential and complementary measures to be effective, they must be kept separate and kept strong. Efficiency cannot be allowed to count for renewable energy, and energy efficiency must have its own requirements. We need legislation that does two different things:

1) calls for 25 percent of our energy to come from clean, renewable sources by 2025
2) requires a 15 percent reduction in electricity use through efficiency measures by 2020

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Renewable energy and energy efficiency: keep them separate and strong


Dear Senator,

I am writing to today to thank you for your tireless work to provide America with clean, renewable sources of energy, and to ask you to keep your proposed RES strong.

Thank you for introducing SF 826, a bill for a strong renewable energy standard. I support the strong standard 25 percent renewables by 2025 laid out in your bill, and I do not want that objective weakened in any way.

I am concerned about current proposals in the Senate to combine a renewable energy standard (RES) with an energy efficiency standard (EERS). BOTH renewable energy and energy efficiency are vital components of our clean energy future. For these essential and complementary measures to be effective, they must be kept separate and kept strong. Efficiency cannot be allowed to count for renewable energy, and energy efficiency must have its own requirements. Combining these two separate measures greatly slows our transition to a clean energy future and increases long-term consumer costs.

Please work to keep both the RES and EERS separate and strong in any Senate legislation.

Thank you.

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