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Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) announced a draft climate and energy bill today titled “The American Power Act.” The draft, which initially targets utilities only, puts limits on global warming pollution that aim to cut national greenhouse gas pollution levels 17 percent by 2020, and 83 percent by 2050. You can read more about the bill here.

While no specific mention of transmission is included in the APA, Senator Kerry did indicate that Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) “American Clean Energy and Security Act” (ACELA; S.1462), which does include transmission provisions, would be incorporated as part of a comprehensive bill. Bill White recently wrote a blog post about ACELA on NCETI.

Senator Kerry expects that Senate leadership will try to move the bill rather quickly, with activity planned for as early as Memorial Day. His intention is to pass the bill during the current session of Congress, which concludes this fall.

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