What: All Issues : Environment : Air Pollution : S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Eliminate Requirement of Ten-Percent Renewable Energy Production.
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S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Eliminate Requirement of Ten-Percent Renewable Energy Production.
senate Roll Call 55     Mar 21, 2002
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N = Progressive
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The Democratic version of a national energy plan had been amended to require utilities (except municipal power companies and rural electric cooperatives) to generate 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by the year 2020. Progressives supported this idea, though many had preferred an earlier failed Jeffords (I-VT) amendment that set the mark at 20 percent. Meanwhile, Kyl (R-AZ), referring to the provision as a "Soviet-style" mandate, supported allowing states to decide and requiring only that utilities use renewable sources to the extent available. This was a return to the status quo, which had resulted in two percent of power coming from renewable sources. Kyl proposed this idea as an amendment, but it was rejected 40-58.

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