2Center or American Progress | Renewable Energy Standards Deliver Aordable, Clean Power
And Rober Bryce o he conservaive Manhatan Insiue adds:
Tere is growing evidence that the costs may be too high—that the price tag or pur-chasing renewable energy, and or building new transmission lines to deliver it, may not only outweigh any environmental benefts but may also be detrimental to the economy,costing jobs rather than adding them.
Forunaely or consumers in he 29 saes wih renewable energy sandards, hese criics are wrong. Tere are no daa showing ha hese sandards cause elecriciy raes o skyrocke.Tis issue brie will describe he hisory o renewable energy sandards, explain how elec-riciy raes are deermined, and presen evidence showing ha hese sandards have nocaused elecriciy prices o rise. Tis inormaion ses he sage or moving orward in wocriical ways: srenghening sae-level renewable energy sandards so consumers can seeeven greaer benes rom renewable energy, and passing a similar policy a he ederal level.
Renewable energy standards are commonsense policies with bipartisansupport and economic benefits
A he mos basic level, every renewable energy sandard is he same: Tey require uili-ies o sell a cerain amoun o energy generaed rom renewable sources like wind, solar,geohermal, and biomass, among ohers. Beyond ha, he deails can vary: Saes canallow dieren echnologies, such as hydropower or landll gas; hey can eiher allow elecriciy generaion rom ou o sae or resric i o only in-sae generaion; and hey can eiher cover all uiliies or exemp cerain uiliies rom he policy. When sae policymakers implemened hese sandards hey craed hem o mee heneeds o heir sae in a commonsense way. Conrary o naysayers’ claims, hese areno radical policies. In ac, here’s a long hisory o biparisan suppor or renewableenergy sandards. Tese policies were signed ino law by ormer Republican gover-nors like George W. Bush (exas), Chrisie odd Whiman (New Jersey), and imPawleny (Minnesoa), as well as ormer Democraic governors like Jennier Granholm(Michigan), Jane Napoliano (Arizona), and Gray Davis (Caliornia).Tere are many reasons why a sae would wan a renewable energy sandard:
Using renewable energy insead o ossil uels has many public healh benes, such asreducing he harmul air polluion ha causes ashma.
Tese sandards creae opporuniies or new businesses, which can build renewableenergy projecs.