AWEA: Senate Energy Committee approves renewable electricity standard

Washington, D.C., June 17, 2009 – Today, as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved comprehensive energy legislation by a vote of 15 to 8, which includes a federal renewable electricity standard (RES), the American Wind Energy Association issued the following statement from CEO Denise Bode:

“We are grateful to Senator Bingaman for his leadership on this issue. As Chairman of the Energy Committee, the Senator’s commitment to supporting development of America’s clean, renewable energy resources has been critical to moving the RES through committee and on to the next phase of the process. We appreciate his work and the commitment of other Senators on the committee who voted against amendments designed to weaken the standard.

“We look forward to working with Senator Bingaman and other supporters to strengthen the RES so that it will get new jobs created. A meaningful national standard is urgently needed to encourage investment in renewable energy, create new jobs for Americans, diversify and secure our nation’s energy supply, and avoid carbon emissions. With a strong RES in place, we can continue to lead the world’s new energy economy, keep jobs and investment right here in the U.S. and demonstrate our commitment to solving global climate change.”

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