REMA Offers Support, Voluntary Market Recommendations on Bingaman CES
Renewable energy trade association commends Senator Bingaman for role in recent Clean Energy Standard analysis
December 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, December 1, 2011 – The Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA) today applauded Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) leadership in clean energy as the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration unveiled an analysis of Clean Energy Standard (CES) scenarios requested by the senator. EIA conducted the analysis and assessed how a variety of clean energy sources such as wind, biomass, solar, nuclear and natural gas could meet 95% of overall U.S. energy consumption by the year 2050.
“REMA applauds Senator Bingaman’s leadership in requesting the CES analysis,” said Josh Lieberman, REMA General Manager. “As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senator recognizes the value in outlining a national clean energy path, and this report will serve as a stepping stone for policies to come.”
Beginning with President Obama’s CES endorsement during the 2011 State of the Union address, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Senator Bingaman and Ranking Member Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) increased national interest in a CES through a public White Paper process in spring 2011. REMA joined an estimated 150 organizations in providing recommendations to the committee.
“Until 2010, voluntary purchases of renewable energy—that is, companies and individuals making free market decisions to support green power—exceeded the nation’s state and regional mandates,” said Lieberman. “REMA recommends that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee look to the states as an example of how the voluntary and potential Federal CES compliance market can work together.” He continued, “Incorporating meaningful voluntary green power purchases in a CES will allow consumers to go above and beyond mandates, further accelerating the deployment of clean, renewable, American power.”
For more information on REMA’s Clean Energy Standard position, please visit renewablemarketers.com/pdf/REMA_CES_4.11.2011.pdf
To access the EIA analysis, visit eia.gov/analysis/requests/ces_bingaman/pdf/ces_bingaman.pdf
About the Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA): The Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA) is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to maintaining and growing strong markets for renewable energy in the United States. REMA engages in education and advocacy efforts on behalf of an industry coalition of renewable energy marketers, utilities, equipment manufacturers, and others supportive of renewable energy markets. www.renewablemarketers.org