Senators Give Utility Renewable Mandate Another Go

Reps. Mark and Tom Udall
National Journal
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Alex Brown
Oct. 30, 2013, 3:58 a.m.

Sens. Mark Ud­all, D-Colo., and Tom Ud­all, D-N.M., are try­ing again on le­gis­la­tion to force util­it­ies to get a quarter of their power from re­new­able sources by 2025.

“A na­tion­al [re­new­able-en­ergy stand­ard] will get Amer­ica run­ning on homegrown clean en­ergy, cre­ate al­most 300,000 new jobs, and help re­vital­ize our rur­al com­munit­ies — all while fight­ing glob­al warm­ing,” Tom Ud­all said in a state­ment.

Mark Ud­all was among the lead­ers who helped push for Col­or­ado’s first-in-the-na­tion re­new­able stand­ard in 2004.

This isn’t the first drive for such le­gis­la­tion on the fed­er­al level by the two sen­at­ors, who are cous­ins. The Hill notes they’ve been ad­voc­at­ing for the stand­ard since 2002, al­though pre­vi­ous at­tempts failed.