The U.S. Conference of Mayors


WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has previously adopted strong policy resolutions calling for cities, communities and the federal government to take actions to reduce global warming pollution; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has declared that climate change could have severe economic and environmental impacts on U.S. cities in the coming decades; and

WHEREAS, power plants produce 39 percent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, electricity demand is predicted to increase by 40 percent in the next 20 years with a significant percentage of that occurring in the next nine years; and

WHEREAS, on April 2-3, 2003, 65 senior executives representing the electric utility industry, equipment manufacturers, information technology providers, Federal and state government agencies, interest groups, universities, and National Laboratories met and reported their findings in the Department of Energy Report "GRID 2030" A NATIONAL VISION FOR ELECTRICITY'S SECOND 100 YEARS stating that America's electric system is aging, inefficient, and congested, and incapable of meeting the future energy needs of the Information Economy without operational changes and substantial capital investment over the next several decades; and

WHEREAS, accessible, abundant, and affordable electric power is one of the cornerstones of the U.S. economy; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors believes that an efficient, affordable electricity transmission and distribution system is a cornerstone of our national prosperity and American way of life; and

WHEREAS, with a business-as-usual solution, the U.S. must invest a minimum of $450 billion in conventional electric infrastructure - generation, transmission, and distribution - over the next 20 years just to meet demand for a growing population and economy; and

WHEREAS, GridWiseTM and Smart Grid concepts are initiatives to stimulate the development and adoption of an intelligent energy system that enables more effective use of the existing U.S. electric system and is an important first step in reducing the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions, combating global warming and saving billions of dollars in antiquated infrastructure investment; and

WHEREAS, these concepts promote digital automation of the entire power supply system-from generator to consumer-to improve reliability and efficiency; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. electrical infrastructure will evolve as a highly automated and interconnected network stewarding the environment in a responsible manner and enabling growth of the national economy; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors endorses the implementation of GridWise TM Smart Grid Policies. The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges mayors from around the nation to join this effort and to add intelligent energy systems to their climate change and energy efficiency efforts. Connecting smart buildings with a smart grid will have a greater impact on energy efficiency, further the reduction of GHG emissions, and increase the reliability, security and economic viability of the US Electric grid.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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