Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act by a vote of 219-212. Among other provisions, the bill contains a renewable energy standard (RES) that calls for 20% of the national electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030, although up to 8% of the standard may be made through energy efficiency improvements.

As we wrote about previously, a national RES that significantly invests in the future of green energy faces many hurdles. Much of the wind industry argues that the RES in its current state will do little to increase renewable energy any more than mandated by current state law, thereby failing to stimulate clean energy development and limiting green job growth.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Recently passed their own energy bill that includes a 15% RES by 2021. There is hope the RES portion of the legislation will be strengthened during debate on the Senate floor. If the bill is passed, it will be reconciled with the House legislation in a conference committee.