Udall wants energy order to be law
A presidential order that federal agencies get at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020 should be expanded into federal law, said U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., questioned whether the executive order would do anything to reduce current or future spending.
President Barack Obama signed the order Thursday that requires agencies to purchase energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources.
Udall has introduced legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
“Clean energy creates jobs, spurs innovation, reduces global warming and makes us more energy independent,” Udall said in a statement. “Congress still needs to codify a higher federal renewable electricity standard into law, but the president’s announcement underscores that this is the right policy.”
Udall’s bill was modeled after the Colorado renewable energy standard, which voters approved in 2004.
Tipton’s office said the administration should focus on ensuring that the federal government’s energy use is as efficient and cost- effective as possible.
“The immediate question the president’s new federal renewable standard raises is, how much more is it going to cost taxpayers who are already in many cases struggling to pay their own energy bills, let alone an increase in the government’s,” Tipton’s office said.