Mark Udall encouraged his colleagues on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to support the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012, which will come up for a hearing before the committee Thursday, May 17.
"The Clean Energy Standard Act is a national solution similar in some ways to what Colorado voters passed in 2004 when Colorado became the first state in the country to pass a renewable electricity standard by ballot initiative," Udall said. "Although I continue to support efforts for a national RES, I believe that the CES legislation is a step in the right direction to promote clean energy. That's why I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation, which brings a little Colorado common sense to our national energy policy and provides market certainty to new energy technologies."
The Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 would require that 80 percent of the country's electricity is produced from clean sources, such as wind, solar and natural gas, by 2035. Currently, approximately 45 percent of the nation's energy comes from clean sources. The legislation would award credits to energy producers that lower their carbon footprints compared to a national benchmark.
Udall is an original co-sponsor of the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012, S.2146. He led the 2004 effort in the Colorado House to pass Colorado's renewable electricity standard, which has helped nurture the state's burgeoning renewable energy sector and created thousands of jobs, and he continues to push for national support for renewable sources of energy.