Following the introduction of the American Power Act, presented by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch has issued a statement on the legislation, which, noticeably, does not include a national renewable electricity standard.
Resch praised the bill's carbon mechanisms but called for greater efforts to stimulate the deployment of solar energy and other forms of renewable energy.
‘[T]o really make a difference, we need to ensure that any revenue from this legislation is targeted directly at deploying renewable energy like solar – an energy source that 92 percent of Americans say they want greater use of – now,’ Resch said.
‘We also believe that for any climate legislation to succeed, it must embrace one of solar's key strengths – its diverse applications,’ Resch continued. ‘Distributed generation solar, like photovoltaics and solar water heating, as well as utility-scale solar power, are both crucial to fighting climate change and should be rewarded for generating clean energy.’
Resch also urged policy-makers to address protection for the voluntary renewables market. ‘Under previous climate bills, no effort on the parts of homeowners and businesses to generate their own carbon-free energy was recognized in lowering the cap,’ he noted. ‘We hope that this major issue has been addressed and individuals have been empowered to have a real impact on the amount of pollution released into our environment.’