My brother Dan was the guest or an hour on the At Issue with Ben Merens show on Wisconsin Public Radio yesterday talking about the environment (the archive can be found here and here is a direct like to the RealPlayer version, which may or may not work.).
Dan is the director of Wisconsin Environment, a group that works on creating policies that improve the health of our water and air. Right now, they’re raising attention about HR 969 in the US House of Representatives: a bill that would require public utilities to acquire 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, up from 1% in 2010.
Amends the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to prescribe requirements for a Federal Renewable Portfolio Standard for calendar years 2010 through 2039. Specifies a schedule of graduated annual percentages of a supplier’s base amount that shall be generated from renewable energy resources, from 1% in 2010 up to 20 % in 2020 and thereafter.
In Minnesota, Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, and Colin Peterson are co-sponsors of the bill. More on this legislation can be found here.