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Poll Shows Bipartisan Support for Renewable Electricity Standard

The results of a recent poll show bipartisan support for a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) requiring utilities to generate at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

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The results of a recent poll show bipartisan support for a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) requiring utilities to generate at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The poll, conducted by Garin Hart Yang Research Group and AWEA, found that 75 percent of voters favor the RES proposal requiring electric utility companies across the nation to generate at least 25 percent of their electricity through renewable energy sources by 2025. Fifty-three percent of respondents “strongly favor” a national RES, compared to 16 percent of those who oppose (“strongly” and “somewhat”).
 
The poll also showed that the RES draws bipartisan support: 86 percent of Democrats favor the RES proposal, as do 71 percent of independents and 62 percent of Republicans.

In addition, instituting a national RES garners overwhelming support across the country, ranging from 84 percent positive in the Northeast, three-quarters support in the Midwest and West, and 71 percent support in the South.



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