Ongoing Discussion

By: Lisa Jacobson
Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Charles Hernick
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum

  • Which federal policies would support further emissions reductions and have broad-based support?
  • Should federal and state clean energy policy be focused on stimulating the private sector? If so, what should those specific policy initiatives be?
  • Considering the growth in corporate procurements and voluntary carbon disclosures, how can customers and shareholders be more empowered in their day-to-day decision-making to choose low-carbon goods and services?

"Most states already have approaches that stimulate the private sector in energy efficiency and renewable energy including Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS), tax credits or waivers, green banks, and govern procurement. There does need to be some regional cooperation and unanimity in accepting private sector financing tools such as power purchase agreements (PPAs), leasing, and shared savings (ESPC contracting). The federal policies that need to be sustained are energy efficiency standards, clean energy tax credits for the entire portfolio of energy efficiency renewable energy and energy storage), and instituting a small carbon tax. If federal and state governments would adopt some carbon labeling so that individual, corporate, and government buyers could see transparently the carbon emissions of their choices—it would allow consumers to make better choices ." - Scott Sklar , President, The Stella Group, LTD