Winds of Change: Bingaman-Reid Renewable Portfolio Standard Energy Amendment

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For those that follow the political realm, you may be aware that the Senate is considering a huge energy bill over the next 24 hours.  Some of the details of this bill were the subject of an opinion article in the LA Times today.  There are pros and cons of the bill affecting all sorts of energy concerns such as renewable fuels, coal-to-liquid technology, and automobile efficiency standards.  Up for consideration is the Bingaman-Reid renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requiring the nation to get 15% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.  An RPS requires electric utilities to include a specific percentage of clean, renewable energy in their generation portfolios, or to purchase renewable energy credits from others.  If you want to help see that the Bingaman-Reid RPS is supported, feel free to use the Power of Wind website to let your Senator know.


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  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Here’s an updated article on the scenario. Looks like people are getting scared by threats of higher electricity prices.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/tomgraywind/ Tom Gray

    Thanks for the post!

    The inside word on the Bingaman Renewable Portfolio Standard is that the vote will be very tight. If you support this concept, the time to weigh in is right now. You can reach any Senator’s office through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

    Regards,
    Thomas O. Gray
    American Wind Energy Association
    http://www.awea.org
    risingwind.blogspot.com

  • http://profile.typekey.com/tomgraywind/ Tom Gray

    Also, regarding higher electricity prices, a March report by Wood Mackenzie, a well-known oil & gas research firm, found that a 15% by 2020 Renewable Portfolio Standard would save consumers more than $100 billion in energy costs . . .

    Regards,
    Tom

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Tom, thanks for keeping this updated. I’ve sent my support into the two Utah Senators Bennett and Hatch. We need this…

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Shows what happens if your industry has enough money [$$ WSJ article link]. The nuclear lobby is putting the RPS amendment on hold because they are being left out. Folks, it’s all about money here. For a price, it looks like a Senator’s vote can be purchased.

    Here’s my suggested model reply for Senators dealing with nuclear: “Mr. Nuclear Business, I respect your opinion and value your support, but in my humble opinion, nuclear is not as good as solar or wind. Until you can find a solution for the nuclear waste and handling, I’m not going to mention it with this energy bill. Go get to work on finding a solution.”

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Two things:
    Bingaman needs 60% from the Senate to get added to the current energy bill. There’s a majority, but not 60% and conservatives are refusing to vote yeah or nay. I agree with Huffpo, let’s see which conservative Senators don’t agree with 65% of the population that wants more renewable energy.

    See also John Kerry’s memo.

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