October 2, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] According to fresh reports from the Washington Post, hopes for a national Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) have been dashed from the current Energy Bill. Despite last minute pleas by 53 Senators, Republicans drafting the overarching Energy Bill have decided not to require most large utilities to increase the amount of electricity they generate from wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and other renewable sources. An RPS was included in the energy bill passed in July by the Senate. But the House has never approved a similar provision, and GOP aides said it would not be part of the compromise energy package being worked out by Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-New Mexico) and Representative W.J. “Billy” Tauzin (R-Louisiana). The Bush Administration is on the record for being against a national RPS citing regional differences in renewable energy capacity which could lead to increased costs for certain areas.