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Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell sought to fill the leadership vacuum on energy independence, left by the Bush White House.

Rendell announced a plan for a $850M Energy Independence Fund, which would create financial incentives for citizens to install solar power and trade-in inefficient appliances. Further, he proposed new utility rates that would encourage people to use less electricity.

Pittsburgh’s Citizen Power, advocates for clean energy, held off from embracing the plan just yet, accurately noting the devil’s in the details, which have not been released.

But clearly, the grassroots pressure for energy independence, steadfastly ignored by Bush, is being felt by some states.

Our Apollo Alliance is giving states the tools to take the lead. Check out our State Leadership For a New Energy Future’s Four-Point Initiative.

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