Governors Call for Passage of Renewable Energy Standard
The heads of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition — Govs. Chet Culver (D-Iowa) and Don Carcieri (R-R.I.) — today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) calling for passage this year of a “strong” renewable energy standard.
The letter comes in the midst of a broad lobbying effort by renewable energy advocates to pass this year an RES, which would require that a certain percentage of the country’s electricity come from renewable sources, like wind and solar. The American Wind Energy Association is planning a week full of events on the RES this week, including running television ads in support of the provision.
The governors — the chairman and the vice chairman of the group, which includes 28 governors as members — also penned an op-ed on the topic in Politico today:
A strong RES must be the cornerstone of our nation’s new clean energy economy. It won’t mean just wind farms in Iowa or off the coast of Rhode Island — though it would expand job opportunities in both our states. The RES remains the most economically efficient way to create opportunity all over the country and throughout the supply-chain in energy manufacturing; new project construction and associated transmission, and continuing operation and maintenance of these facilities.
The letter was also sent to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.