If these measures are passed in a manner close to their current form, they will mark the country’s first major climate law.Most notably, they include the Clean Power Performance Program, which uses payments and fines to encourage utilities to increase their share of electricity from carbon-free sources (read our previous explanation here).
Other speakers on the panel, titled Clean up the power sector, To provide advice on the creation of the program.They include Leah Stokes, Associate professor of energy and climate policy at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Jesse Jenkins, Assistant Professor and Energy System Researcher at Princeton University.
They argued during the meeting that legislation aimed at ensuring that 80% of the country’s electricity comes from clean energy by 2030 is more effective and politically feasible than competitive methods, including a carbon tax favored by many economists.
“When… we say to people,’We will make you use a necessities, energy, to become more expensive’, it’s not very popular,” Stokes said. “This theory of political change runs counter to the reality of income inequality in this country.”
“The different paradigm is to say,’Instead of making the use of fossil fuels more expensive, let us help reduce the cost of using clean fuels,”‘ she added.
But it remains to be seen whether and in what form the clean power measures and other climate clauses will be passed.Even some Democratic senators in a split and narrow Congress Already pushed back They describe the overspending in the bill.
Despite all the progress made on climate issues, well-funded and politically influential utilities and fossil fuel interests continue to hinder efforts to reform the energy system at the required speed and scale, emphasizing Julian Brave Noisecat, Vice President of Policy and Strategy at Data for Progress, chaired the meeting.