Tom Udall introduces renewable electricity measure

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., continued his fight to enact a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) into law today by introducing legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. The bill, Udall’s first since being elected to the Senate, would set the first national threshold for utilities to provide 6 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2012, and gradually increases thereafter to meet the 25 percent by 2025 goal.

The legislation is based on a bipartisan initiative introduced in the House of Representatives in 2002 by then-Rep. Tom Udall and cosponsored by then-Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo. The two eventually built a coalition in the House and won passage of an RES amendment in 2007. Tom and Mark Udall, who are first-cousins and now freshmen Senators, are joining forces again in hopes of helping pass an RES into law.