21 Groups Suggest National Energy Policy Goals

The Automation Federation and the International Society of Automation (ISA) joined 19 other energy- and technology-oriented organizations in presenting a National Energy Policy Goals Proclamation to the 111th U.S. Congress, according to a June 3 press release.

The proclamation calls on President Obama and Congress to act quickly to help ensure the nation's economic and national security and to guide the development of energy technology for the 21st Century.

The proclamation recommends the following goals:

  • Maximize the use of electric power generated by sustainable, economic, and environmentally acceptable technology;
  • Modernize the nation's electric transmission grid;
  • Maximize electrification of the transportation sector;
  • Establish visible and substantial national energy efficiency and conservation goals;
  • Employ indigenous raw material to manufacture liquid and gaseous fuels;
  • Build and deploy generating capacity to supply reliable electric service;
  • Provide a long-term commitment to energy research, development, and demonstration.

The proclamation was developed through collaboration between American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the energy policy alliance—focused on providing information on energy legislation and serving as a resource to the engineering community—these two societies have created. The Automation Federation and ISA are members of this energy policy alliance.

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