Bingaman retirement to leave energy void

He’s working with the White House on a “clean energy standard,” which is a top energy priority of President Obama’s that would require a doubling of power generation from low-carbon sources over 25 years.

The New Mexico Democrat also hopes to revive legislation that puts a congressional stamp on the overhaul of offshore drilling oversight.

Bingaman is known for working with his GOP counterparts on the committee, and also sits to the right of many Democrats on some key issues, such as his support for expanded offshore oil-and-gas production.

— Andrew Restuccia contributed.