77th Annual Meeting

ENERGY

WHEREAS, more than 50 mayors and other leaders met at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Action Forum on Environment and Energy in Miami on October 1-2, 2008, to develop an action agenda on Environment and Energy; and

WHEREAS, following that meeting a working group of mayors drafted a national action agenda on Environment and Energy; and

WHEREAS, that national action agenda includes a series of findings and recommendations relating to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in local communities and metro areas; and

WHEREAS, the mayors found that:

  • Federal energy policies need to be updated to meet the future economic and environmental needs of our metro areas and the nation;

  • The United States needs to move into the 21st century and develop cleaner methods to utilize its carbon-based energy sources and away from its dependency on foreign oil;

  • New technology needs to be developed, alternative energy sources need to be encouraged, and energy conservation needs to be promoted in order to help the nation and its metro economies find new ways to strengthen its economy; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That The United States Conference of Mayors adopts as its policy on Energy called for by the mayors in the National Action Agenda on Environment and Energy to urge the President and Congress to do the following:

  • Adopt legislation to promote "decoupling" by utilities (i.e., changes that ensure utilities are indifferent to sales volatility and removing the disincentives to energy efficiency);

  • the nation's electric transmission grid to support the introduction of new renewable energy supplies;

  • Establish a national renewable portfolio standard to accelerate the development of alternative energy sources;

  • Modernize and streamline the Department of Energy to reflect the importance of today's city in the nation's energy priorities.