Energy Bill Includes Renewable Electricity Standard

Law360, New York (August 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a pair of bills Saturday designed to ramp up the production of renewable energy at the expense of fossil fuels.

The first bill, known as the New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security and Consumer Protection Act, passed by a 241-172 vote, with 26 Republicans joining all but nine Democrats in voting yes. Among other things, the legislation would require utilities to provide 15% of their electricity through wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2020.

According to the...
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