Thursday, May 10, 2007

Renewables Portfolio Standard Awaits Senate Consideration

At this writing, it appears that a Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) proposal will be offered as a stand-alone amendment to the energy bill now making its way through the U.S. Senate. What is the RPS? It's a provision that would require utilities throughout the United States to obtain a certain minimum percentage of the electricity they sell from clean alternative energy resources like wind and solar power.

The passage into law of an RPS would mark a clear step away from our traditional energy policies (or rather, lack of energy policies) and toward a long-term approach aimed at dealing with the increasingly urgent problem of global warming. Twenty-two states have already adopted an RPS in some form and more are currently considering it.

The American Wind Energy Association's Legislative Priorities page contains:

1) A brief description of the benefits of a national RPS;
2) A link to a fact sheet on a national RPS; and
3) A link to a legislative action Web page where you can let your representatives in Congress know your opinion on the RPS.

Please help support this vital legislation.


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