Fwd: Energy Policies to Speed the Transition
Friends of ASES,
What energy policies are needed to help get the U.S. economy back on track?
The American Solar Energy Society is proud to announce a comprehensive set of federal
policy recommendations to generate millions of new green jobs - and to mitigate
the dangerous effects of climate change.
These powerful policies will speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy.
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U.S. Representative and Senators in Congress and urge them to take action?
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>We assembled some of the nation's leading experts on renewable energy and energy
efficiency to develop, scrutinize, and refine these recommendations. The goal was
to provide a menu of policies needed to propel the U.S. economy and tackle climate
These policy recommendations can generate a total of 37 million jobs in renewable
energy and energy efficiency in the U.S. by 2030 - while reducing greenhouse gas
emissions 80 percent by 2050 (compared to 2006 levels).
Here's an overview of the seven areas addressed in this policy document:
CARBON EMISSIONS: Establish an upstream 'cap and auction' system to regulate carbon
and other greenhouse gases at the points where they first enter the energy economy.
The allocation should be auctioned to avoid a windfall to existing emitters.
BUILDINGS: Adopt the Architecture 2030 target of reducing energy consumption in
all new buildings and retrofits by 50% compared with the regional average, advancing
to carbon neutral buildings by 2030.
RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY: Establish national renewable portfolio standards (RPS) reaching
at least 50% of total electric generation by 2030. Establish the federal RPS as
a floor and encourage state RPS and/or feed-in tariffs to exceed federal standards.
TRANSPORTATION: Establish national targets and supporting policies to end dependence
on foreign oil by 2025. A total of 22 supporting policies and actions are specified
in the report.
SMART GRID & GREEN TRANSMISSION: Conduct nationally coordinated large-scale
transmission studies. Establish national standards to enable smart grid development
and require smart grid plans and investment as prerequisites for states to access
carbon auction revenues.
GREEN ECONOMY & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Establish an aggressive set of federal
drivers for the green economy, including a national renewable energy standard with
a solar set aside, tax incentives for the creation of domestic renewable energy
and energy efficiency jobs, and a domestic green job corps.
FEDERAL LEADERSHIP: Further establish the federal government as a leader in the
procurement of new renewable energy resources and in improving the energy efficiency
of vehicles and buildings to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Move
to end subsidies for mature energy industries.
We invite you to learn more about these recommendations.
Get the policy document with the details and analysis here:
These policies are urgently needed to stimulate the U.S. economy and to prevent
the dangerous effects of climate change. Of course, policy recommendations need
to get into the hands of energy policy-makers who can work to quickly implement
Can you contact the U.S. Congressional leaders from your state (contact info here
to urge them to review and champion these recommendations?
Consider sending them a copy of this policy document (linked above) and encourage
them to promote some or all of these goals. Or simply ask them to support the energy
policy recommendations from the American Solar Energy Society at: www.ases.org/policy2009
This policy document provides the analysis
they need to craft the legislation that will serve as economic
drivers for the 21st Century and reduce America's greenhouse gas emissions.
Your phone call or email to Congress can make all the difference.
With sincere thanks,
American Solar Energy Society
PS. I'd like to thank the members of the ASES Policy Committee and the many other
contributors for their tireless efforts in developing these recommendations.
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