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Alliance Urges New Energy Policies for a New Economy

A coalition of energy users in the United States wants a national energy policy that meets long-term consumer demand for reliable energy at reasonable prices, while protecting the environment.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-04 <SolarAccess.com> The Alliance for Energy & Economic Growth is a new group of 200 small business owners, economic development groups, manufacturers, electric and natural gas utilities and energy producers. The group wants the federal government to develop “a comprehensive, market-based energy policy capable of sustaining a dynamic economy that has rapidly outgrown existing energy policies, regulations and infrastructure.” “With the absence of a national energy policy, it is no wonder there have been shortages and price spikes,” says Bruce Josten of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Alliance is the largest group of energy suppliers and producers committed to a long-term solution to energy problems. A national energy policy must increase energy efficiency and conservation, assure adequate energy supplies and generation, renew and expand the energy infrastructure, encourage investment in new energy technologies, provide energy assistance to low-income households, and assure appropriate consideration of the impacts of regulatory policies on energy. “We enjoyed historic economic growth during the past decade, not coincidentally during a time of abundant energy supplies,” says Jerry Jasinowski, president of the National Association of Manufacturers. “Now we need to be united in the pursuit of a comprehensive energy policy, just as we are united in our understanding that the United States is facing significant, long-term energy supply problems.” The group is concerned about energy prices and the impact on business people, as well as security of supply. It does not specifically call for greater support of renewable energy, and its member include Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute, American Gas Association, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Petroleum Institute, Coalition for Affordable & Reliable Energy, Edison Electric Institute, Independent Petroleum Association of America, National Mining Association, National Propane Gas Association, Natural Gas Supply Association, Nebraska Propane Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, U.S. Energy Association, and the U.S. Oil and Gas Association.