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Sweeping nat’l renewable energy bill closer to passing May 14, 2009

Filed under: Renewable/Green Energy — nwrenewablenews @ 9:38 pm
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House Democrats have reportedly reached a deal on a sweeping energy bill that will result in 15 percent of the nation’s power coming from renewable sources by 2020.

A report in the New York Times describes how the agreement will also include a 5 percent energy efficiency target, effectively making 20 percent of the nation’s energy supplied by renewable resources in 2020.

The Washington Post reports that a bill could be ready to be voted on in the House Energy and Commerce Committee by the end of next week, although Republicans are reportedly seeking some changes to the bill and it remains to be seen if all of the committee Democrats will sign on to the deal.

One lingering point of contention between the two parties is said to focus on how much clean coal and nuclear power will be considered to be renewable energy under the legislation. Democrats would be more inclined to support a final bill placing a great emphasis on solar energy and wind power.

There has also been disagreement on pollution permits included in the bill, especially from lawmakers in states with strong coal and manufacturing industries.


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