Bipartisan Renewable Power Bill Introduced in Senate
Renewable Power Bill mandates utilities to use Renewable Sources for 15% of power by 2021
Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Republican Sen. Sam Brownback introduced a renewable power bill in Congress on September 21. This renewable power bill introduces a national renewable energy standard which would mandate utilities to use renewable resources such as wind and solar to generate a minimum percentage of their power. If the renewable power bill passes, utilities will have to use renewable sources for 15 percent of their power by 2021. Energy-efficiency measures that reduce energy demand can be used by states to meet one fourth of the renewable energy target. The House of Representatives has already passed a slightly stricter measure with a target of 15 percent by 2020.
A July oil-spill bill originally contained measures similar to the renewable power bill. These measures were removed from the oil-spill bill since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not believe he could get sufficient Republican votes. This renewable power bill has Republican Sens. John Ensign of Nevada and Susan Collins of Maine as cosponsors. Sen. Bingaham, head of the Senate energy committee, believes that the votes are present in the Senate to pass the measure. Political maneuvering on the renewable power bill has already begun with Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana tying passage of the bill to repeal of the off-shore drilling moratorium.