As I mentioned last week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on an amendment to an energy package that would create a national renewable energy standard (RES) requiring utilities to increase the amount of renewable energy in their mix.
This is going to be a very key vote, and all the 'intel' is that the vote count is exceedingly close! It may come down to just a handful of votes, and since the Senate failed to make progress on a national RES last month (see previous post), this may be the last chance this year to get this crucial clean energy legislation passed.
The American Wind Energy Association is targeting the following 11 members of Congress with a media and grassroots campaign to pressure these key swing votes:
Rep Affiliation Media Market
If any of these congress critters belong to you (are your reps), now's the time to get on the phone, write a letter and generally give 'em hell until they support the Udall-Platts Renewable Energy Standard amendment.
Let them know that the U.S. needs a National Renewable Energy Standard to spur the country’s renewable energy market, generate millions of new jobs over the next decade, and lower electric bills for consumers and businesses alike — not to mention help slow the devastating impacts of global warming.
A National Renewable Energy Standard is a win-win-win-win piece of legislation! Let your representatives know. There's plenty of info and talking points and an easy 'take action' link at PowerOfWind.com
According to AWEA, studies show a National Renewable Energy Standard will:
All good reasons your representative should vote in support of the Udall-Plats Renewable Energy Standard amendment.