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.