Clean Energy Standard took a step forward in US Senate
President Barack Obama’s ambitious plans for a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that would require the US to source 80 per cent of its energy from low carbon sources by 2035 took a small but significant step forward this week after a key Senate Committee launched a form of public consultation on the proposals.
In a highly unusual move for a piece of flagship legislation, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Democrat Senator Jeff Bingaman, and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski have launched a white paper seeking public feedback on how clean energy legislation could be implemented.
Bingaman has been engaged in detailed talks with the White House on how to structure the proposed legislation ever since Obama used January’s State of the Union address to announce plans for a CES.
“Some people want wind and solar; others want nuclear, clean coal and natural gas,” he said. “To meet this goal, we will need them all and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.”
The whitepaper – which was released on Monday and will be open for public comment until 11 April – asks a range of questions on how a draft bill would be structured.
“The purpose of this document is to lay out some of the key questions and potential design elements of a CES, in order to solicit input from a range of interested parties, to facilitate discussion and to ascertain whether or not consensus can be achieved,” it states.
In particular, it asks whether the standard should cover all energy firms and states and seeks feedback on how to define clean energy.
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