On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources continued its multi-week mark-up of broad energy policy legislation. The Committee is moving topic-by-topic through various energy policy bills referred to the Committee, building a comprehensive bill from disparate parts or titles. Most noteworthy of the week’s accomplishments on that legislation, Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) demonstrated that he had resolved at least the core objections from his own party members and reached broad conceptual agreement on the terms of a nationwide Renewable Energy Standard (RES). In classic Senate procedural maneuvering, the panel voted 9-13 against an amendment by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-MS) to kill the renewable electricity title of the overall bill. On May 18, Chairman Bingaman had released a new draft RES title of the bill proposing a lower renewable requirement — 15 percent, down from the 25 percent favored by the White House and many renewable energy advocates— tailored to win support from moderate Democrats Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Evan Bayh of Indiana. That standard would still represent a five-fold increase from the renewable sector’s 3 percent contribution today. A final Committee vote on the RES proposal, still facing many amendments in mark-up, will have to wait for June.