On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, a bill was proposed that would require all 50 states to adopt an aggressive Renewable Energy Standard (RES). Introduced by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, the RES would mandate that 50% of all states’ energy be provided from renewable sources by 2035. Detailed within this article, the national RES would be the first of its kind in the U.S.
This target would require a sharply increasing RES schedule, as 2018 saw the nation’s renewable energy supply reach only 17.6%. Of the 36 states with existing Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), 11 already have schedules that meet the 50% by 2035 goal. Naturally, those 11 states would not be affected by the bill. Biomass, geothermal, hydrokinetic, hydropower, landfill gas, ocean, solar, tidal, and wind energies are all classified as renewable sources under the bill.