The US wind industry's call for a national renewable electricity standard (RES) requiring utilities to generate at least 25% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025 has the backing of the American public. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released the results of a new poll at its annual conference in Chicago last month, revealing that 75% of survey respondents support the target, dwarfing the 16% who are strongly or somewhat opposed. Democrats are the most supportive, polling 86% in favour of the proposal. Among Republicans, 62% support the standard, as do 71% of independents. A national RES also has strong support across the country, including the South, the region where political and utility opposition has been the strongest, where 71% of those polled supported the plan. "Our job now is to make sure that members of Congress follow their constituents," says AWEA CEO Denise Bode.
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