All of us complain about "the government" and the bureaucracy
that clogs the system. It's easy to blame "them" for the problems
of society and it allows us to remain unaccountable. After all,
if you're not involved, you're not responsible.
GENI takes a different tack. We conduct research and educate policy-makers
who make our laws. What they need are ideas, information and solutions
that will improve the general welfare of their constituents. The enclosed
article, authored by Sara Kamins and myself, on "Public
Renewable Energy Call to Action" provides that kind of
support. It was recently published in the Power Engineering magazine
and can be found on-line at www.power-eng.com.
What can these officials do to accelerate renewable energy development?
They have many options. They can set renewable portfolio standards, which
provide a target for renewable energy production in a city, state or country.
Policy-makers can offer tax credits or incentive programs to encourage
new development of renewable resources. Corporate fuel economy (CAFÉ)
standards can be set. Government agencies are large energy users and can
commit to purchasing renewable energy from a provider in their region.
These programs will help jumpstart the renewable energy sector.
The attached article summarizes a few of these options. GENI has recently
published our latest newsletter, "Best Renewable Energy Policies
from Around the World" which expands on these action plans for
federal, state and local officials. Progressive policy-making is the
trimtab to accelerating renewables in the next few years. We need your
help in getting this message around the world. Please share it with your
mayor, governor, congressman and energy minister.