U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation that would enact a federal Renewable Energy Standard (RES). The bill would set the first national threshold for renewable electricity by requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar geothermal, and other renewable energy sources by 2025. Utilities would be required to provide a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources - with a 6-percent requirement by 2013, followed by gradual increases thereafter to meet the goal of 25 percent by 2025.
"The strength of our nation is tied to the strength of our energy economy," Klobuchar said. "A Renewable Electricity Standard is critical to helping our country decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Minnesota is already a leader in homegrown and renewable energy, and this legislation would help continue to strengthen our energy economy and secure our energy future."
Klobuchar has been a leader in the effort to develop homegrown and renewable energy. In 2008 and 2009, she introduced the American Renewable Energy Act with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), which would create a similar national standard of 25-percent renewable electricity by 2025. In 2010 and 2011, she introduced the Securing America's Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies (SAFEST) Act with Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD). This legislation calls for 25 percent of our energy to meet a RES by 2025, as well as a national energy-efficiency resource standard of 10 percent by 2020. Estimates indicate that the SAFEST Act could create more than a quarter-million jobs, save Americans $150 billion, and reduce greenhouse gasses by more than 10 percent.