Monday, May 4, 2009

25 x '25 Alliance seeks increased use of renewable energy

How does the goal of 25% of the United States' energy production coming from farms, forests and ranches by the year 2025 sound? That's the goal of the 25 x'25 Alliance.

The 25 x '25 Alliance grew out of discussions of the Bioenergy and Agriculture Working group of the Energy Future Coalition, a group which is supported financially by Better the World Fund, the Turner Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Annenberg Foundation
and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation among others.

The Energy Future Coalition describes itself as "a broad-based, non-partisan alliance that seeks to bridge the differences among business, labor, and environmental groups and identify energy policy options with broad political support. "

Its advisory council includes Paul Gorman of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Kevin Knobloch, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, R. James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael J. Sullivan, General President of the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association and John B. Ritch III, Director General of the World Nuclear Association.

The 25 x '25 Alliance lobbies at the federal and state level for Biofuels, Solar, Wind, Hydropower, Geothermal Electric production, and Energy Efficiency.

The 25 x 25 Action Plan calls for supportive policies in each of five areas:
  • Increasing production of renewable energy
  • Delivering renewable energy to markets
  • Expanding renewable energy markets
  • Improving energy efficiency and productivity
  • Strengthening conservation of natural resources and the environment

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