U.S. Senators are once again setting their sights on a national Renewable Energy Standard (RES) in addition to other RPS changes that continue to be proposed in smaller markets. These standards look to complement individual state RPS programs, citing national job creation by the thousands, billions in economic benefits, energy independence and a cleaner future for everyone. They also present boundless opportunity to the transportation industry.
As stated in a Renewable Energy World article, “Senate Bill S. 1595 from Mark Udall (D-Colorado) and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), and days later the ‘American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act’ from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), both call for a national RES policy, proposing a short-term 6 percent requirements of renewables adoption (2015 for the Udall bill, 2014 for Markey) gradually increasing to 25 percent by 2025.”
These Senators are looking to see RES legislation passed “by whatever means present themselves,” said Mike Saccone, communications director for Sen. Mark Udall. Their efforts are just some of those being put forth in the fight towards a greener future.
With the rapid adoption of renewable energy into the transportation industry along with the relentless evolution of technology, this could mean big things for transportation. While these senators are looking to increase the use of renewable energy across the country, there are millions of vehicles on the road available for adoption and many clean tech companies ready to provide solutions. The magnitude of impact we could have on the greening of our atmosphere is boundless and could potentially reduce the transportation sector’s contributions to greenhouse gas emissions