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Odd Couple of Energy Agrees on One Thing: Clean Power Is ComingBy
NRDC and EEI both support transition to clean energy
Environmental group, utility trade association sparred in past
Two groups that have been at odds in the past over environmental issues have come together on Valentine’s Day to promote clean energy.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, a New York-based environmental advocacy group, and Edison Electric Institute, the utility industry’s main trade group, presented a list of policy recommendations Wednesday at a national meeting of utility regulators.
Their ideas are aimed at increasing the use of wind and solar power, boosting energy-efficiency measures, raising spending on smart grids and spurring wider adoption of electric cars.
“Our perspectives and constituencies are very different, but we find much common ground,” the two groups said in a statement Wednesday. “A clean energy transition is underway and accelerating.”