Renewable Energy Advocates Call for Passage of Bingaman RES
A coalition of renewable energy advocates and labor and environmental groups got specific today in calling for passage of a renewable energy standard this year.
In a conference call with reporters earlier today, they called for passage of an RES proposal put forward last year by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.). His RES would require that 15 percent of the nation’s electricity come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2021.
The coalition — which includes the American Wind Energy Association, the wind industry’s national trade group, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the United Steelworkers — also released an “action statement” calling for passage of the RES. While the statement acknowledges that the Bingaman RES “isn’t perfect” (in fact, some have said that Bingaman’s RES wouldn’t incentivize renewable energy much more than a business-as-usual scenario), it says, “It is the right RES to pass as a starting point at this moment of acute urgency.”
It’s the latest effort from renewable energy advocates to get the Senate to pass an RES. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he’s open to passing an RES this year, but questions remain about whether or not the political will or votes exist to move forward with such a measure.