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Don't throw RES out with cap-and-trade

In a recent address at the Glass Association of North America's fall conference in Kansas City, Mo., Gov. Mark Parkinson stepped up his endorsement of the national renewable energy standard, currently part of the House-passed energy bill. He said, "Most people watching (the cap-and-trade bill) believe it will not pass the Senate." If it fails, he added, "We're encouraging our delegation to work with delegations around the country and revive just the RES portion of the current cap-and-trade bill." A national RES, he said, "would really catapult renewable energy to the next level." The national RES in the House bill would require electric utilities to meet 20 percent of their electricity demand through renewable energy sources and energy efficiency by 2020.