The Obama administration expressed opposition to four Republican bills in a House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing on June 23. The bills intend to speed the development of renewable energy on public lands by allowing some projects to avoid National Environmental Policy Act requirements. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) also expressed concern over the bills. Holt urged the committee to consider Democratic alternatives, such as the bill (H.R. 2196), introduced by Markey that would increase to 25 percent the percentage of electricity from renewables that the federal government is required to purchase by 2025. Representatives of environmental groups also opposed the four bills and suggested the committee focus on providing financial stability for the renewable energy industry through the extension of existing incentives such as a Treasury grant program.