New Poll Shows Support for Renewable Electricity Standard

May 6, 2009 — As the wind energy industry gathers in Chicago this week for its largest event ever, the WINDPOWER 2009 Conference & Exhibition, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released results of a new poll showing strong, deep bipartisan support for a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) requiring utilities to generate at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.

“The American people support an RES because it will create jobs and reduce carbon emissions. Our job now is to make sure that Members of Congress follow their constituents,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode, who will address WINDPOWER Tuesday morning.

The poll, conducted by Garin Hart Yang Research Group, found:

— Three-quarters of voters favor the RES proposal requiring electric utility companies across the nation to generate at least 25 percent of their electricity through renewable energy sources by 2025, and that support is deep: a 53 percent majority strongly favors a national RES, dwarfing the 16 percent of those who oppose (“strongly” and “somewhat”) the RES.

–The RES draws bipartisan support: 86 percetn of Democrats favor the RES proposal, as do 71 percent of independents and 62 percent of Republicans. In addition, instituting a national RES garners overwhelming support across the country, ranging from 84 percent positive in the Northeast, three-quarters support in the Midwest and West, and 71 percent support in the South.

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