The proposed RPS (or Renewable Electricity Standard) would become part of the amendment to bill S.1419, The Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007, which Bingaman, who is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, co-authored with Domenici. This legislation is intended to serve as the benchmark for national energy diversification and for boosting domestic biofuels production.
The opposition to this legislation comes not only from the oil-lobbyists but from the utility industry as well, which would have to invest in renewables to reach their quotas, at consumers' cost.
A national RPS has been proposed 17 times since 1996, although never reaching national level. Currently, 23 states already have individual RPS legislation.
[Source: Renewable Energy]