ACORE Applauds House Climate and Energy Bill, Calls for a Stronger Renewable Energy Standard and Treatment in Cap & Trade
July 6, 2009--The American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act passed by the House is an historic step, but only a step and not the whole solution, toward building a clean, renewable energy future for the nation. The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) commends the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Henry Waxman, and Chairman Edward Markey for reaching this stage.
There is still work to be done if we are to move our country away from the fuels of the Industrial Revolution to the new energy sources in the future Technology Revolution. As the Senate prepares to address this legislation in September, ACORE encourages senators and staff to strengthen the national Renewable Energy Standard (RES) and provide more direct payments to renewable energy in the cap & trade system for climate change. ACORE will be recommending new approaches to the national RES that allow all states to participate and a scale-up to 25% renewable energy by the year 2025.
President Barack Obama called for the doubling of alternative energy production during the next three years. âEURoeThis goal is not only realistic, it is necessary that we achieve it. In order to achieve the goal, we must kick-start the scale-up of renewables through a strong RES.âEUR said Michael Eckhart, ACORE President. âEURoeThe national RES must impact the nation within these first three years.âEUR
ACORE strongly urges the Senate to pass a comprehensive climate and energy bill in October, allowing the United States to enter the December COP-15 UN climate change conference in Copenhagen as a global leader, not as a laggard as we have been in the past. ACORE believes in order to get this done President Obama and the White House will need to weigh in on these matters this fall to get this done.
ACORE, a 501(c)(3) membership nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to bringing renewable energy into the mainstream of the US economy and lifestyle through research and communications programs and membership committees. ACOREâEUR(TM)s membership works in all sectors of the renewable energy industries including wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, biomass, biofuels, and waste energy. ACORE provides a common platform for the wide range of interests in the renewable energy community including end users, technology companies, manufacturers, utilities, professional service firms, financial institutions, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. ACORE serves as a thought leadership forum through which these parties work together on common interests. ACORE co-organizes the REFF-Wall Street and REFF-West Finance Conferences, the RETECH All-Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition, the Phase II National Policy Forum in Washington, DC, and hosts both domestic and global policy events furthering the mission of renewable energy. Additional information is available at www.acore.org.