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A Menu of Effective and Feasible State Solutions

A Menu of Effective and Feasible State Solutions

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State policymakers can take steps today that will
help get us on the path toward achieving three
critical goals.
State policymakers can take steps today that will
help get us on the path toward achieving three
critical goals.

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Published by: Center for American Progress on Apr 12, 2012
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1Center for American Progress |  Taking Action on Clean Energy and Climate Protection in 2012
 Taking Action on Clean Energyand Climate Protection in 2012
A Menu of Effective and Feasible State Solutions
April 11, 2012
Sae policymakers can ake seps oday ha willhelp ge us on he pah oward achieving hreecriical goals:
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Produce more clean energy and grow he economy.
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Reduce polluion while saving energy and dollars.
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Build more resilien and balanced economies andcommuniies.Te sae acions oulined below would achievehese goals, which are criical or acceleraing heclean energy economic ransormaion ha hasalready begun and or moving orceully ino a new economic era dened by sronger indusries, beterinrasrucure, and a seadily growing middle class. We deail hese recommendaions in our paper“aking Acion on Clean Energy and ClimaeProecion in 2012.” Here are he sae highlighs.
To generate a significant percentage of energy in our nation from low-carbon sources, state policymakers can:
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Pass ballo iniiaives or legislaion o srenghensae renewable-elecriciy sandards –
 page 12
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Require “green power” purchasing by sae gov-ernmens –
 page 14
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Expedie permiting processes or oshore winddevelopmen in sae waers –
 page 14
To reduce the cost of clean energy deployment by attracting private investment, state policymakers can:
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Creae sae green banks –
 page 20
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Use sae public bene unds o atrac privaedollars and drive nancing and deploymen sra-egies –
 page 21
To strengthen our economy by helping our industriesand workers capture the economic opportunity of clean energy, state policymakers can:
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Creae indusry parnerships ha link economicand workorce developmen in saes’ regionaleconomies –
 page 25
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Creae green economy business incubaors –
 page 26 
 
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ransorm he wase indusry o creae jobs andreduce polluion –
 page 26 
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Develop he home-rero indusry –
 page 27 
To realize significant energy savings in all sectors of our economy, state policymakers can:
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 Adop sae energy-efciency resource sandards
 page 36 
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 Adop energy-efciency procuremen mandaesand creae sakeholder advisory councils –
 page 37 
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Insiue decoupling rules
 page 37 
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 Adop and srenghen sae building energy codes– p
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