Senators Push New Renewable Energy Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are making another push at requiring U.S. utilities to use more renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal.

The Senate energy committee chairman, Democrat Jeff Bingaman, and other senators are now hoping to pass a bill that would mandate utilities get 15 percent of their energy from such sources by 2021.

The move comes after The Associated Press reported last week that efforts for such a mandate, known as a renewable electricity standard, had stalled in the Senate. Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, did not include the mandate in his energy bill despite a big lobbying push by environmental groups, renewable energy providers, more than half of the 50 U.S. state governors and even some utilities.

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