Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Senators Push for a Renewable Energy Standard

Senators Push for a Renewable Energy Standard
Although Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wouldn’t include a renewable energy standard (RES) in his energy bill, which mandates that a certain percentage of the nation’s electricity come from renewable energy sources, some Democrats and a Republic senator said they are open to including a RES, reports Time’s ecocentric blog.

Nearly half the Senate’s Democrats are pressuring Reid to include a national renewable electricity mandate in the energy bill, reports The Hill.

Ina letter, 27 Democrats, led by by Sens. Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Mark Udall (Colo.) and Tom Udall (N.M.), made the case for a RES, which would require many utilities to supply escalating amounts of power from sources like wind and solar energy in coming years.
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