WASHINGTON – Continuing their push for legislation to set a threshold for renewable electricity production, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today introduced a bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers money.
By requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025, the bill would encourage the growth of U.S. renewable energy that reduces our dependence on foreign fossil fuels, helps hold down utility rates and boosts private investments in state economies.
The senators’ legislation would create the first national threshold for utilities to provide a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources, including wind, solar, biomass and hydrokinetic energy. The bill would set a 6 percent requirement by 2014, followed by gradual increases thereafter to meet the 25 percent by 2025 goal.