Clean energy starts with renewable energy—such as wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal sources—but it also includes nuclear, natural gas, and carbon capture technologies. At CRES we believe in a free-market, all-of-the-above approach to energy with the goal of implementing the cleanest, lowest-emitting technologies available.
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
America is a world leader in innovation and the clean energy economy is the next frontier. We want to assure that small businesses can enter the clean energy space, help our economy grow, and re-position the U.S. as an exporter of clean energy technologies. We also need to assure that support systems are in place for research and the advancement of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies.
Energy efficiency is reducing the amount of energy needed to provide the same products and services. Energy efficiency is key to ensuring a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system for the future. It is often the quickest and least costly way of addressing energy security, environmental and economic challenges.
Energy, water, and transportation infrastructure are central to our economy, way of life, and standard of living. However, much of our nation’s infrastructure is aged, outdated, and in need of re-investment. This creates a huge opportunity for investing in smarter energy grids, adding micro- and macro-hydro power to our water management and drinking water distribution systems, and implementing the next generation of efficient transportation systems. These infrastructure investments will reshape the energy landscape and done right could reduce energy inefficiencies and generate energy in places we’ve overlooked in the past.
Taxes need to be fair to all clean energy types sources. Businesses are more likely to invest when there is certainty in the tax code over long enough planning horizons for them to make investment decisions. This is particularly important for large-scale energy generation, distribution, and storage investments. When it comes to policy design and implementation we need to design for fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint so that taxes can be kept as low as possible across the board.
Government’s best role is stimulating – not over regulating – the private sector. While there is a role for government in the regulation of established business and markets, we need to assure that regulations don’t close the door to entrepreneurs and small businesses that are foundational to our economy. Individuals and businesses must be able to make the best decisions for themselves based on reasonably accessible information. Waters should be fishable and swimmable and the air should be breathable so that public health and the wellbeing of future generations is not diminished.
REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Clean energy delivered through the free market is the principal reason the U.S. has been able to reduce carbon emissions over the past decade. A Voluntary Federal Framework for emissions reporting and offset standardization will further guide the invisible hand of free markets to drive down emissions and mitigate our changing climate. By focusing on transparency and accountability the voluntary framework will set up a race to the top for environmental responsibility and increased economic performance.