Energy and Commerce Leaders Unveil Updated Clean Energy Package

Mar 8, 2021

by ASME.org

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) recently re-introduced the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act – updated legislation that aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas pollution no later than 2050, with an interim target of reducing pollution by 50 percent from 2005 levels by no later than 2030.
 
The bill presents both sector-specific and economy-wide solutions to meet these targets, offering a sweeping set of policy proposals that target the power generation, building, transportation, and industrial sectors through clean energy and energy efficiency standards, grants and rebates to incentivize new technologies, and funding for states to assist with the adoption of state-level climate change adaptation and clean energy planning.
 
The CLEAN Future Act includes a nationwide Clean Electricity Standard (CES) requiring all retail electricity suppliers to obtain 100 percent clean electricity by 2035, in line with President Biden’s call to action for the power sector. The CES mandates that all retail electricity suppliers provide an increasing supply of clean electricity to consumers starting in 2023, rising to 80 percent clean by 2030 and then 100 percent clean by 2035. 
 
The bill also aims to reduce the generation of waste by imposing new clean-air-permitting requirements on industrial facilities that produce plastic – a significant source of greenhouse gas pollution. It also reforms recycling and waste management systems to ensure that producers minimize the amount of waste they generate, including establishing post-consumer recycled content standards for everyday products. The bill also establishes programs to invest in community-level zero-waste initiatives to improve education and outreach around waste reduction, as well as to modernize the collection, recycling, and reuse of electronic waste, such as batteries.
 
For more information on the CLEAN Future Act, the full bill text can be found HERE and a section-by-section breakdown can be found HERE.

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