Renewable energy and energy efficiency: keep them separate and strong
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.
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