REMA Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
January 26, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – The Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA) today applauded President Obama’s State of the Union address in its call for a national clean energy standard. In the address, the President called for 80% of the nation’s energy to be met by clean sources by the year 2035.
“Expanding the installation and use of renewable energy through a clean energy standard will help create jobs and move our nation towards a stronger economy and cleaner environment,” said Jay Carlis, REMA President and Vice President, Retail Division for Community Energy. “However, as we pursue a clean energy standard, we should be sure that progress in establishing nationwide renewable energy requirements remains compatible with the thriving voluntary market for renewable energy.”
According to the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. consumers in 2009 voluntarily purchased over 30 million megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy. This amount, a 17% increase over 2008 levels, is equivalent to the average electricity use of roughly 2.6 million American homes. Overall, voluntary purchases of renewable energy have grown at an average annual rate of 41% since 2005.
“Supporting renewable energy through mandatory requirements while also enabling consumers the power to go beyond such standards is already in practice across the U.S.,” said Carlis. “We will work with leaders in Washington to ensure that any energy plan preserves the ability of consumers to make a meaningful impact through voluntary purchases of renewable energy.”
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