Clinton Administration’s Utility Restructuring Proposal Offers Congress, States Approach to Save Consumers Money, Decrease Pollution

Release Date: Thursday, April 15, 1999

"As the electric utility industry restructures rapidly from state to state, the Clinton Administration’s electricity restructuring bill released today recognizes that this nation cannot afford to go backward and lose the multiple consumer and environmental benefits of energy efficiency," emphasizes David M. Nemtzow, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.

Noting that some states have passed legislation without public benefits, including energy efficiency—and that many such other state and federal bills are proposed, Nemtzow urges state legislators and Congress to recognize as Earth Day approaches that "Americans deserve to have lower energy bills and reduced energy waste along with a cleaner environment as the Administration proposes.

"As the Clinton Administration legislative proposal clearly indicates to states and Congress, electricity industry restructuring shouldn’t have to mean saying, ‘We’re sorry.’ Sorry for unnecessarily destroying the environment. Sorry for turning back the clock on significant financial, comfort, and environmental gains of energy efficiency. Many plans," states Nemtzow, "are sorry indeed.

"Earth Day, April 22, kicks off a one-year focus on energy and the environment leading into Earth Day 2000, the 30th anniversary, with the theme, ‘New Energy for a New Era.’ Energy efficiency," points out Nemtzow, "is the single most immediate, cost-effective solution to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, it also reduces energy costs and usage and increases comfort in homes and workplaces. There is no downside," he concludes.