URGENT - Senate Renewable Electricity Vote, Next Week!

Clean Energy Supporters,

If you?ve not already done so, please fax Senators Gregg and Sununu today respectfully asking them to support the national Renewable Electricity Standard amendment likely to come to the Senate floor next week. Their positions are not yet known.

Please ask them to oppose expected weakening amendments reducing the standard below 15% and allowing existing hydro, nuclear, and new coal generation to satisfy the renewable standard. Each of these would suppress demand for America's largely untapped and genuinely clean and renewable wind, solar, biomass, ocean, and geothermal resources.


Senator Judd Gregg, (202) 224-4952

Senator John Sununu, (202) 228-4131

You would be joining Councilor Ray Burton, Rep Michael Kaelin, Will Abbott, Charlie Niebling, Fred Kocher, Jasen Stock, Tom Thomson, Joel Harrington, Georgia Murray, Doug Bogen, Joe Keefe, Susan Covert, Paul Leveille, Carolyn Demorest and many others who, on behalf of themselves and their respective organizations, have sent letters to Senators Gregg and Sununu asking them to support a strong national RPS.

Please let me know of any response you receive.

On the House side, HR 969, a 20% RPS, now has 101 cosponsors, including Reps Hodes and Shea-Porter! Action on this bill is expected in the full energy and commerce committee on June 20th, with House floor action after July 4th.

To date, the 23 states, including New Hampshire, have RPS laws which have been the single most effective driver of U.S. transition to clean, domestic, de-carbonized energy sources. A national RPS would double or triple renewably generated electricity by 2020. A national RPS will a necessary component to a technically- and economically-feasible global warming solution. By 2020, the 20 percent standard would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 71 million cars off the road.

As shown by this Union of Concerned Scientists analysis, a national 20 percent by 2020 RPS would provide significant economic benefits for New Hampshire.

· 350 net new jobs

· $40 million in additional gross state product

· $130 million in reduced total energy costs

In addition, the bill would increase American energy independence, help clean our air and bring a greatly needed economic stimulus to our North Country, which is well endowed with both biomass and wind energy potential. New Hampshire could produce 42 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Thank you,

Jim Rubens

Union of Concerned Scientists