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Iowa Poised to Cash in on a Line Item in New National Portfolio

June 14, 2007

Des Moines, IA - The shift to new and renewable electricity generation may soon get a gentle push from Congress with legislation that would require U.S. utilities to purchase 15 percent of their power from sources like solar and wind.
Iowa already produces five percent of its power from renewable sources. Neila Seaman is with the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club.

"Fortunately, we have the technology and resources to produce more renewables and clean energy right here in the United States. That would make us more energy-independent and fight global warming."

Seaman says the "renewables portfolio standard" legislation is modeled after laws already in place in several states that encourage more renewable energy development. And she says a national standard will help push more investments.

In the coming weeks Sens. Grassley and Harkin will have the opportunity to cast votes that will move our country one step closer to decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA