Calvert’s policy efforts focus around supporting four key carbon-reducing mechanisms:
- Climate change legislation that would put a price on carbon through a cap-and-trade mechanism. Renewable energy would benefit because of its zero carbon generation. We also support the U.S. taking a strong leadership position (that reflects the most recent recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC) at the upcoming international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in which a post-Kyoto framework is discussed.
- A national standard, either Renewable Electric Standard (RES) or Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for renewable energy that would require that utilities generate at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. We support a standard that can only be met by renewable energy sources, not energy efficiency.
A number of ancillary measures that we believe will help reduce our dependence on polluting sources of energy, such as:
- An energy efficiency resource standard (EERS).
- A national “smart” grid that allows for greater efficiency and for the increased transmission of electricity generated by renewable energy.
Leading Businesses Work Together
The Campaign for an Energy Efficient America is a coalition of more than 75 leading businesses, industry associations, faith organizations, and environmental groups advocating for maximizing energy efficiency—the fastest, cheapest, cleanest way to meet our growing energy needs while creating jobs, saving consumers money, boosting American competitiveness, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Source: http://energyefficiencyworks.org