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Bipartisan Support for National RES - On Tuesday, 9-21-2010, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators announced a new stand-alone renewable electricity (RES) bill. The new RES bill's lead author, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will work with the three Republican co-sponsors, Senator Brownback (R-KS), Senator Collins (R-ME), and Senator Ensign (R-NV), to gather support amongst their senate colleagues before they ask Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) to bring the bill up for a vote. The RES would require utilities nationwide to derive 15% of their electricity from renewable resources by 2021. Provisions in the bill also allow for utilities to satisfy as much as 4% of this requirement through energy efficiency improvements.
Environmental groups, including Environment America and the Union of Concerned Scientists, as well as industry groups, such as the United Steelworkers and the American Wind Energy Association, have already issued statements of support for the RES. Importantly, co-sponsors like Senator Brownback have pledged that they will not vote for the RES if it is packaged with other legislation. While a vote is not yet in sight, we will continue to keep you up-to-date and informed on the progress of this bill over the coming months.
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