Bloomberg Businessweek: NH’s Hodes favors natl renewable energy standard

U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday a national requirement that utilities get a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources would help create jobs and reduce carbon emissions.

Hodes said he supports a national energy standard being considered by the Senate that would promote wind, solar and geothermal energy. The bill would require utilities to get 15 percent of their energy from such sources by 2021.

Efforts to pass a mandate have stalled in the Senate. The provision was left out of an earlier version of the energy bill, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying he didn’t have the votes needed for passage.

“A national standard would create jobs and support our growing clean energy industries, as well as seriously reduce emissions in our efforts to combat global warming,” Hodes said. “This seems to be the last hope in this term to begin the necessary transition.”

Hodes has been advocating better safety at the Vermont Yankee power plant, but does not rule out nuclear power altogether as a resource.

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