06 May 2009 03:05:09
Strong support across US for renewable energy target
Plans to make it necessary for US utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025 have been backed in a public opinion poll.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has published the results of a survey indicating that there is "strong, deep bipartisan support" for a so-called Renewable Electricity Standard (RES).
Conducted by Garin Hart Yang Research Group, the study indicated that 75 percent of people favour the RES proposal.
What's more, support was forthcoming from across the political spectrum with 86 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of independents and 62 percent of Republicans expressing their approval for the plan.
Denise Bode, chief executive of the AWEA, said: "The American people support an RES because it will create jobs and reduce carbon emissions."
In April, the Department of Energy claimed that a national RES would help to reduce fuel prices for all sectors and lower carbon dioxide emissions by between 4 percent and 20 percent.
Last year, it estimated that wind energy could account for 20 percent of US electricity by 2030, so long as improvements are made to infrastructure, wind systems and the country's turbine manufacturing capacity.http://www.20percentwind.org/20percent_Summary_Presentati...