Bill would require 25% renewable energy base
Utilities nationwide would have to generate a quarter of their energy from renewable sources under a measure that U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said would spark innovation and the economy.
The renewal energy standard introduced by Udall and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., his cousin, mirrors legislation Mark Udall carried in Colorado in 2004.
“Clean energy creates jobs, spurs innovation, reduces global warming and makes us more energy independent,” Mark Udall said in a statement announcing the measure, which is similar to legislation he offered in the last session of Congress. “This common-sense proposal would extend Colorado’s successful effort to expand the use of renewable energy alongside natural gas and coal to the entire nation.”
That effort shouldn’t come at the expense of the West Slope economy, said David Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association.
“Market forces have allowed western Colorado’s natural gas to help the United States reach 20-year lows in carbon-dioxide emissions,” Ludlam said in an email. “Perhaps most important are the contributions affordable local natural gas has made in making energy more affordable for the poorest citizens among us.”
The bill would increase the renewable-energy standard for utilities to 25 percent over a period of years ending in 2025.