The American Wind Energy Association, along with several environmental groups, is urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to include a national renewable electricity standard (RES) in the slimmed-down energy package heading for the floor next week. Reports surfaced last week indicating that Reid's energy proposal does not include an RES.
In a letter to Reid, the coalition described how an RES could benefit the economy.
‘An RES would provide a down payment on carbon-reduction goals, save and create jobs, and keep America competitive,’ the letter states.
Several Senate Democrats are also pressuring Reid about an RES, but such proposals, which have long been on the agenda of environmentalists and renewable energy companies, face major Senate hurdles.
SOURCE: American Wind Energy Association