On January 21, 2014, the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University released “Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America.” The 200-page report, delivered to the White House the previous week, offers recommendations for how the Obama Administration can use executive powers—not requiring action by Congress—to promote renewable and low-carbon-emission energy developments.
According to a January 21 news release on the report, here are some of the report’s main recommendations:
*Compare the full life-cycle benefits and costs of each energy resource;
*Direct the Bureau of Labor Statistics to improve how it counts “green jobs”
and resume reporting the number of those jobs in the U.S. economy;
*Direct the U.S. EPA to issue preliminary guidance to states to encourage early adoption of new energy-efficiency and renewable-energy measures, and explain how they will be credited in state plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants;
*Direct the Energy Information Administration to review its methods for projecting the growth of renewable-energy technologies;
*Direct federal agencies to work with electric utilities and utility regulators to update regulations to accommodate new energy resources and technologies;
*Request that the IRS use its existing authorities to issue rulings and interpretations of the tax code that increase incentives for private investors to capitalize clean energy technologies;
*Issue more aggressive goals for the government’s use of third-party financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy in federal operations;
*More clearly define the president’s criteria for “responsible” natural gas production and require that oil and gas companies use best available production practices on federal lands.
The full report, executive summary, and the Jan. 21 news release are available online at http://cnee.colostate.edu/p/powering-forward. Information about the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State is available online at http://cnee.colostate.edu/p/about-us, or contact the Center by phone at (970) 491-2903.