By Associated Press - Saturday, August 1, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Two members of Congress - Vermont’s Peter Welch and New Mexico’s Ray Luján are proposing nationwide energy standards - one for renewable energy and another for energy efficiency.

They’ve filed legislation to require electric utilities, by 2030, to obtain at least 30 percent of their electricity supply from renewable sources. The standards also would require a 20 percent reduction in electricity use and a 13 percent reduction in natural gas use.

Welch says the two provisions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions tied to climate change.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is backing the plan. It says combining an energy efficiency resource standard with a national renewable standard would speed the transition to a clean energy economy.

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