Future Energy eNews March 21, 2002

1) Senate Energy Bill Should Address Energy Security by Reducing "Power of Oil"

says Former CIA Director, National Security Advisor, and Chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff

"National Security Letter to Congress from Robert C. McFarlane, National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan; Admiral Thomas H. Moorer USN (ret), Former Chairman, the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and R. James Woolsey, Former Director, Central Intelligence."

This exciting and forceful two-page letter, courtesy of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (www.eesi.org), along with links to two energy reports from EESI, etc. We also note that distributed generation (onsite) is being encouraged. -TV

2) Subject: Recent EESI Energy Publications

From: Beth Bleil, March 20, 2002

Dear EESI Colleague:

As debate of the Senate energy bill continues, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is pleased to provide you several materials as background information. The materials were developed from recent EESI Congressional briefings on national energy security, and a federal Renewable Portfolio Standard and a federal System Benefits Fund. If you have any questions, please contact me at 202-662-1885 or bbleil@eesi.org.

  1. National Energy Security: Implications for National Energy Policy (www.eesi.org/publications/10.04.01nationalsecurity.pdf)
  2. Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and System Benefits Fund: Opening Markets to Clean, Domestic Energy Sources (www.eesi.org/publications/9.26.01RPS-SBF.pdf)

(Air conditioner standards link omitted. -TV)

3) The following are provided as a service from IRI

We suggest writing to your Senator this month, using some of the points in the attached letter, also requesting a 20% RPS be retained in the S-517 bill. You may also email him/her by going to www.senate.gov and also obtain their address (phone calls to their local office always help).

This has now been upgraded to a matter of "national energy security."

More than 100 organizations give support to the federal renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which 12 states have also approved www.sdearthtimes.com/et1201/et1201s6.html

RPS Factsheet and Q&A website by Union of Concerned Scientists http://www.ucsusa.org/energy/faq_rps.html#3

RPS detail: see UCS Fact Sheet: "EIA Study: National Renewable Energy Standard of 20% is Easily Affordable." http://www.ucsusa.org/energy/fs_eia.html

A new report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) addresses the renewable portfolio standard provision of S.1766. At Senator Murkowski’s request, the report includes an analysis of the impact of a renewable portfolio standard patterned after the one called for in S. 1766, but where the required share is based on a 20 percent RPS by 2020 rather than the 10 percent RPS called for in S. 1766. A finding of particular note is an estimate of the price impacts of an RPS: http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/servicerpt/rps/pdf/sroiaf(2002)03.pdf

The Federal Systems Benefit Fund information page from American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) http://www.aceee.org/energy/pbf.htm

The Senate Energy bill S-517 status can be reviewed at the website set up by the Senate:


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