Electricity Standard Bill to be Introduced Sept. 21
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) are expected to introduce a free-standing renewable electricity standard (RES) bill in the Senate.
The senators will discuss their legislation at a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. The bill is expected to have bipartisan co-sponsorship, as well as to be substantively identical (with the exception of a delayed implementation deadline)to the RES provision contained in last year’s American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA). The ACELA text mandated a 15% renewable electricity standard by 2021 (and continuing to 2039), phasing in from a 3% level in 2011. However, a governor may petition for energy efficiency to count for up to 26.67% of the requirement (4% total in 2021).
The standalone legislation Bingaman will introduce is expected to push the RES requirements back by at least one year, accounting for the year that has passed since ACELA was proposed. ACELA was reported from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in June 2009 but has not been brought to a vote on the Senate floor.