Executive, Regulatory and Congressional Priorities for 2021: November 2020 American Wind Energy Association Report

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The American Wind Energy Association (“AWEA”) issued a November 2020 report titled:

Vision for Driving a Clean Energy Transformation

Executive, Regulatory & Congressional Priorities for 2021 (“Report”)

The Report is stated to offer 2021 priorities for:

. . . White House, administrative agencies, and Congress to achieve rapid deployment of renewable energy to start the nation on the path toward meeting the goals in President-elect Biden’s Plan for a Clean Energy Future of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy wide by 2050.

The Report lists what it describes as “Four Pillars” which constitute priorities that AWEA believes the federal government can quickly undertake to achieve long-term clean energy and carbon goals.

The Four Pillars include:

  1. CLEAN ENERGY TARGETS/CARBON POLICIES - to drive renewable energy to meet climate and economic-expansion targets.
  2. EXPANDING INTERSTATE TRANSMISSION - to deliver renewables to consumers at the least cost.
  3. EXPEDITING FEDERAL PERMITTING - of renewables to ensure development can keep pace with clean energy goals.
  4. REMOVING COMPETITIVE BARRIERS - for renewable energy to reduce the costs of decarbonization.

The Report identifies Executive Orders, regulatory actions and legislation that it believes should be undertaken to achieve the action described in each pillar.

A copy of the Report can be downloaded here.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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