Federal Policy Priorities in Today’s Renewable Economy
Competing head to head with other generation, renewable energy is standing on its own economically as federal incentives wind down. According to ACORE analysis, renewables can fuel $1 trillion in private investment between 2018 and 2030 and help stay within striking distance of the Paris Accord. However, our aging grid infrastructure and mixed policy signals may get in the way of this expansion. This panel will evaluate federal policy pathways to continue the recent booming pace of renewable investment, including:
- Infrastructure policy priorities for transmission, storage and renewable generation
- Energy storage and technology-neutral tax credits
- Eased siting and permitting processes
The New Climate Politics
With a new Congress, calls for a “green new deal,” and growing subnational efforts to limit GHG emissions, climate policy has returned to the nation’s political discourse with renewed fervor. This panel will confront the realities of today’s political environment while addressing the need for immediate action on climate change.
- Potential approaches and timing for carbon pricing legislation
- Opportunities for bipartisan collaboration
- Policy that recognizes renewable energy as a solution for climate change
- The benefits of carbon pricing for taxpayers
State of the States: How Ambitious New Targets are Driving Demand for Renewables
State renewable energy directives remain an essential way to accelerate demand in an uncertain federal environment. Incoming governors and state legislators are creating new opportunities for market expansion, while current champions explore increasingly ambitious commitments. Speakers will reflect on these opportunities and also consider states that may present the important challenges for future growth.
The Renewables Revolution in U.S. Power Markets
While the grid was originally designed for one-directional delivery of power from fossil generators, and in some part of the country, hydro-electric facilities, renewables are changing the way power generators and consumers interact with the system. Reflecting on ongoing market design changes and resilience efforts, this panel will address how FERC and our nation’s power markets can better facilitate renewable energy’s role in grid operations.
- Efforts to increase regional grid interconnectivity, particularly in the West
- Approaches to site, finance and deploy new transmission in coordination with state regulators and FERC
- Regulatory incentives to promote investment in advanced infrastructure, renewables plus storage, and new technologies that promote system reliability