Statement of Environmental Defense Action Fund

October 31, 2013
Keith Gaby, 202-572-3336,
Sharyn Stein, 202-572-3396,

“Senator Markey is showing the kind of leadership we need from Congress in order move our country forward toward a clean energy future, and protect our planet from the dangers of climate change. He should be commended for his work on this critically important issue.

The bill would require electric utilities to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2025, while also setting energy efficiency targets for electric and natural gas utilities. A national renewable electricity standard, like the one suggested in the American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act, could spur energy innovation at the state and local levels. The provisions in this bill would help the U.S. increase renewable energy production while also reducing energy waste.

“The bill would help create jobs for Americans, reduce harmful pollution, and save our families money. We look forward to working with all Members of Congress on the issue, to help create the strongest possible legislation.”

Elgie Holstein, Environmental Defense Action Fund

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