Sen. Udall and cousin push for renewable energy standard

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U.S. Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Mark Udall of Colorado are pushing legislation that would establish a national renewable energy standard for electric utilities.

The bill introduced by the first cousins would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025.

The standard would start at 6 percent in 2013 and gradually ramp up to the 25 percent goal.

The two Democrats first introduced similar legislation in 2002.

Tom Udall says the legislation is the “best chance to get America running on homegrown energy.”

Mark Udall says Colorado’s renewable energy standard has helped create thousands of jobs and the same benefit can come from a national standard.

The two also say a national standard will help spur innovation.

3 Responses to Sen. Udall and cousin push for renewable energy standard

  1. Dear Mr. Udall,

    Would you please butt out of our lives? You, your cousins and all your over taxing, over regulating buffoon associates? Thanks to you, you idiot, for supporting Obamacare my rates and rates of several of my clients went up 50% last year. Are you going to do the same for my energy costs as you did for my health insurance costs?

    Udall, I hope your kids curse you one day for helping to destroy their children’s lives. Your grandchildren Udall!

    Christopher "Patriot" Colvin
    April 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

  2. Although the “green” energy movement may increase the cost of power from fossil fuel and cripple the powerplants in various ways, the fact is that wind generators only work when the wind is blowing and solar only works when the sun shines. At the same time, fossil fuel plants are required to be able to provide power at certain levels, on demand, which means that they must continue to run, to ensure the ability to provide, on short notice, the gap between what the “green” methods are providing and what is required. The unpredictability of the demand and various related factors cannot help but burden a vital industry. The less do-gooding engineering by government, the better for the industry and for consumers!

    Lola Brimhall
    April 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

  3. Don’t make this a political issue. What does energy have to do with Health Care?

    We need to diversify our portfolios. Yes, wind blows at certain times, the sun shines during the day,….but, lack of planning is not a solution.

    We are overly dependent on foreign sources for our energy. Natural gas prices are volatile (Coal prices are becoming unstable as well). China is in line to purchase NG and coal from the U.S., therefore increasing demand and increasing price. China is a technology leader in alternative energy and will soon use this to support their economy by exporting to other countries. Oil supply will not improve.

    This is a national security issue. This is a quality of life issue. Shouldn’t we (the United States) be able to support ourselves within our border?

    There are many investments cases where renewable energy is paying off better than coal. (wind and solar) This offsets the amt of coal or NG used. The longer we ignore future technology trends, the more we will pay in the future. We have been successful be leading, not complaining.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:38 am