The U.S. House of Representatives wants to expand renewable energy production in the United States over the next two decades. By the year 2025, Congress wants at least 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States to come from renewable sources. Currently, renewable energy sources provide about 6% of the United States' total energy needs.
"The 25 by '25 Resolution is a statement of our national commitment to support the development of renewable energy sources," Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson said. "I believe that we can not only meet but exceed the goal of 25 percent by 2025, and this resolution is a very important first step to national energy independence."
"I commend the House for recognizing the important role American agriculture plays in domestic energy production and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the industry as we work to turn the goal of 25 by '25 into a reality,” said Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte.
Chairman Peterson and Ranking Member Goodlatte introduced the 25 by '25 Resolution in January, and a bipartisan group of 72 co-sponsors have signed on to support the resolution. The House Agriculture Committee approved the resolution in May and reported it favorably to the House floor.
The resolution recognizes the important role of agriculture-based energy sources, including ethanol and biodiesel in the growing renewable energy industry. It also reinforces the importance of maintaining a safe, abundant and affordable domestically produced supply of food, feed and fiber as the nation pursues energy independence.