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(Yet Another) Update on the House Energy Package

It appears that the Udall-Platts RPS amendment is going to the floor tomorrow.  Here is some coverage, Last Chance: RPS Vote Looming in House, from, a website with excellent, up-to-date information on renewables.  The National Venture Capital Association's president is quoted here as bullish on the renewable energy industry.  Another arresting bit of news here is that:  "Wood Mackenzie, a non-partisan energy research firm, estimates that a 15% RPS would lead to a net savings of $100 billion for U.S. consumers over the next 20 years, and that wholesale power prices would decrease by 7% to 11%, compared to a business-as-usual scenario."

Here's another article, Renewable-mandate backers upbeat about vote, from "The Hill," and a release from the American Wind Energy Association.  I think it's highly significant that the National Farmers Union is onboard.  See their release, "Increasing Renewable Electricity Use Positive for Rural America."

Tune in to C-Span tomorrow for the festivities. 



Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.

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