Renewable energy requirement ends up on Senate cutting room floor

March 15, 2002 — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted not to include in its energy bill a measure requiring utilities to produce a fifth of their power from renewable energy sources.

Instead, a more modest provision was included in Senate Bill 517 that would only call for up to 10 percent of electricity from renewable sources. Opponents have said they would try to get the provision deleted next week, the Associated Press reported.

The proposal, added by Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.), would have required 20 percent of electricity to come from non-hydroelectric renewable energy sources by 2020.

Less than 2 percent of electricity generated currently is from renewable sources, AP said.

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