Clean Energy Standards: State and Federal Policy Options and Implications

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

[From Website] …Several of the paper’s key points are summarized below.

  • Absent significant new policies to promote clean energy, the share of total U.S. electricity generation obtained from clean energy sources will likely not increase by more than a few percentage points over the next 25 years.
  • Substantial increases in clean energy generation can offer important benefits, including:
    • Growth of new clean energy industries and associated jobs—e.g., wind turbine manufacturing, solar panel installation, and nuclear power plant construction;
    • Diversification of energy supply to limit electric utilities’ and ratepayers’ exposure to fuel price volatility and regulatory risk associated with particular energy sources;
    • Mitigation of environmental and public health impacts from electricity generation—including criteria and hazardous air pollutants, greenhouse gases emissions that contribute to climate change, and other impacts.

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