Petition: Tell Oklahoma Legislators to Increase Our Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

Tell Oklahoma Legislators: Increase our renewable electricity standard

 Investing in clean energy helps fight climate change, reduces death and disease from air pollution and creates good, local jobs. I urge you to support legislation to increase the renewable electricity standard (RPS) in Oklahoma and develop policies to encourage the development of renewable energy investments..

Why is this important?

Across the country, 30 states and the District of Columbia have renewable electricity standards in place that require a certain percentage, some as high as 33%, of all electricity to be generated from clean and renewable sources of energy. Oklahoma requires only 15% . It is 11.25% in actuality, because the legislature allows the utilities to meet a quarter of the renewable requirement by conservation.

Oklahoma has the potential to be a leader in renewable energy but it is falling behind because the state is not being proactive in encouraging investment in renewable energy.

It is time for that to change. With the increased phase out of coal fired plants and the uncertainty in natural gas prices and supplies, Oklahoma must act to insure a supply of electricity for the future. We have a good supply of natural gas, but that could change if fracking and disposal wells are linked to water pollution and earthquakes.

It’s time for the Oklahoma legislature to pass a renewable electricity standard that requires utilities to invest more in clean sources of energy.

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