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Thursday, February 07, 2013    

APTA supports U.S. energy productivity goal


The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has endorsed the Alliance to Save Energy's Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy's goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. The goal is expected to be unveiled today in Washington, D.C.

The commission issued a report that cites public transportation as a key element to improve U.S. energy productivity, APTA officials said in a prepared statement.

"The commission's report looks at the full range of measures to increase energy productivity, and expanding public transportation choices is considered a central element in a comprehensive, forward-looking and transformative national strategy for energy productivity," said APTA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Melaniphy, who serves as a commissioner on the alliance's bipartisan panel. "Investing in public transportation has the dual benefit of improving energy productivity while creating jobs."

Led by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and National Grid President Tom King, the commission worked for a year to identify bipartisan energy solutions that would have the most impact on reducing energy usage while increasing economic productivity and job creation.

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