CRES Forum

PRIORITY ISSUES

 
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RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

America must continue to lead the world in energy innovation to continue supporting and growing clean energy jobs. We not only want to assure that small businesses can enter the clean energy space, but more importantly, re-position the U.S. as the global leader in clean energy technologies. We are at an inflection point and with the right commonsense policies and spending, the U.S can gain a global competitive advantage. This can be done through advanced research and development of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies.

Our Writing: The Fizz in Your Drink is More Connected to Climate Change than You Think

Issue Brief: CRES Forum supports the Department of Energy ARPA-E program

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The cheapest kilowatt of energy is the one you never use. Energy efficiency focuses on reducing the amount of energy needed to provide the same products and services. Energy efficiency is critical to ensuring a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system for the future. It is often the quickest and least costly way of addressing energy security, environmental and economic challenges. Energy efficiency investments also typically have quick and higher returns on invested capital.

 

Our Writing: Leading by example: Lawmakers should step up performance contracts on federal buildings

Issue Brief: CRES Forum supports the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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INFRASTUCTURE

Energy, water, and transportation infrastructure are central to our economy; our way of life; and, our standard of living. However, much of our nation’s infrastructure is aged, outdated, and in need of massive re-investment. This creates a huge opportunity for investing in smarter energy grids, adding micro- and macro-hydro power to our water management and drinking water distribution systems, and implementing the next generation of efficient transportation systems. These infrastructure investments will reshape the energy landscape and done right could reduce energy inefficiencies and generate energy in places we’ve overlooked in the past. Additionally, infrastructure is labor intensive and is a platform for continued and accelerated job growth.

 

Our Writing: Why energy infrastructure could be a huge win for President Trump in his State of the Union address

Our Writing: Pragmatic Bipartisan Climate Solutions Do Exist

Issue Brief: Infrastructure

Issue Brief: Principled Approaches to Federal Infrastructure Investment

Issue Brief: CREF Forum supports the Department of Energy Office of Electricity’s focus on Grid Modernization

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CLEAN ENERGY GENERATION AND STORAGE

Clean energy starts with renewable energy — such as wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal resources — but also includes nuclear, natural gas, and carbon capture technologies. We believe in a free-market, all of the above approach to energy with the goal of implementing the cleanest, lowest-emitting technologies available.

 

Our Writing: Federal Policy Support that Leverages the Private Sector Will Accelerate Clean Energy

Our Writing: Don’t Let Tariffs Derail Nuclear

Our Writing: The Biggest Untapped Solution to Climate Change Is in the Water

Our Writing: Trump’s Environmental Legacy Could Be the Rise of U.S. Offshore Wind

Issue Brief: Clean Energy Solutions Must Include Nuclear

Issue Brief: Hydropower

Issue Brief: Energy Storage

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INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS

Industrial greenhouse gas emissions must be a key focus of targeted climate change solutions because the success the U.S. has achieved in reducing electricity generation greenhouse gas emissions has been largely offset by increases in industrial emissions. Effective industrial emissions policy will help the private sector take voluntary steps to reduce emissions and facilitate the differentiation of the marketplace for carbon-intensive goods.

Our Writing is coming soon…

Issue Briefs are coming soon…

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TRANSPORTATION

The transportation sector is now the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Having overtaken the electric power sector as the leading source of emissions, commonsense climate change solutions must address transportation emissions too. While electric vehicles show promise for electrifying and reducing emissions for passenger and light-duty vehicles, fewer options are available for marine and air transportation. We support technical innovation and aggressive, but achievable emissions reductions goals for the entire transportation sector.

 

Our Writing: Commonsense legislation supports use of electric vehicles

Our Writing: Emissions Standards: A 1970s Problem That Needs a 2018 Solution

Issue Brief: CRES Forum supports the Department of Energy ARPA-E program

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REGULATION

Government’s best role is stimulating – not overregulating – the private sector. While there is a role for government in the regulation of established business and markets, we need to ensure that regulations don’t unnecessarily impede entrepreneurs and small businesses that are foundational to our economy. Individuals and businesses must be able to make the best decisions for themselves based on reasonably accessible information and under reasonable timelines. Regulations should be modernized, and environmental reviews accelerated, so that clean energy infrastructure can be built in a timely, efficient and more affordable manner.

Our Writing: Cutting Red Tape and Opening the Market to New Energy Resources

Issue Briefs are coming soon…..

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COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM

Both the federal and state governments play an important role in climate and energy policy. States are vital incubators of policy innovation and present opportunities to test novel approaches to increase investment in clean energy and drive down emissions. While some of these policies can be applied at the federal level, in many cases state and local policy will drive the most locally appropriate solutions. The key is to have these policies work in coordination and not have federal policies preempt sound state and local clean energy policies.

CRES Forum works closely with the Conservative Energy Network on state issues.

 

Our Writing: Stakes Are High for Clean Energy and a Chance to Save the Bay

Our Writing: Time Is Now for Ambitious Approach to Clean Energy in Maryland

Our Writing: Don’t Underestimate the Power of ‘AND’ for Climate Action

Issue Brief: Retail Net Metering

Issue Brief: Retail Energy Choice

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REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Climate policy must reduce clean energy costs for Americans and U.S. business and increase all possible technological options available to avoid, reduce, capture and sequester greenhouse gases. As a result, locally appropriate solutions can be implemented quickly not just in the U.S., but globally.

Emissions reductions are needed now, therefore CRES Forum is focused on policy that builds off historically successful approaches and includes an all of the above approach to clean energy — the principal reason the U.S. has been able to reduce carbon emissions more than any other country. We call these approaches the 6 Commonsense Climate Pillars.

  1. STRENGTHEN PRICE SIGNALS FOR MARKETS. A carbon tax isn’t the only or best option for signaling the market. Tax incentives drive investment and reduce emissions.
  2. SUPPORT INNOVATION. Investments that will help position the U.S. as a global leader.
  3. REDUCE EMISSIONS ON FEDERAL LANDS. The Federal government can reduce and avoid emissions on federal lands and in federal buildings.
  4. REDUCE REGULATORY BARRIERS. Level the playing-field so that “all of the above” energy technologies can compete.
  5. EMPOWER STATES, MUNICIPALITIES, BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS. Improve information to strengthen market-based competition.
  6. INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. Bring U.S. solutions to the world through aid and trade policy.

Our Writing: CRES’ submission to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Our Writing: A Voluntary Federal Framework

Our Writing: Congress should consider nationwide, voluntary reporting

Our Writing: National View: ‘Minnesota nice’ a missing piece from the climate-change puzzle

Our Writing: You can’t manage what you don’t measure, time for nationwide carbon reporting

Issue Briefs: Summary on the Voluntary Federal Framework

Issue Briefs: Benefits on a Voluntary Federal Framework

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TAX

Taxes and tax incentives need to be fair to all clean energy technologies. Additionally, when it comes to capital investment, businesses are more likely to invest when there is certainty in the tax code over long enough planning horizons for them to make these critical decisions. This is particularly important when providing incentives for clean energy generation, as well as new nascent technology including energy storage or offshore wind, for example. When it comes to policy design and implementation, we need to ensure parity for “all of the above” clean energy solutions along with innovative technology.

Our Writing: What Tax Reform Means for US Clean Energy

Issue Brief: Master Limited Partnerships