Supporting Equitable Access to Clean Energy

WHEREAS, it is essential that the government and private sector continue to develop and assure universal access to a clean energy portfolio; and

WHEREAS, we applaud President Obama’s call for new advancements and innovations in electricity generation, delivery and efficiency to curb carbon emissions that are believed to contribute to climate change and encourage a smooth and transparent transition; and

WHEREAS, unless clean energy is affordable to all economic demographics its promise is limited; and

WHEREAS, policymakers need to be aware that policies that increase the cost of energy or shift energy costs from one class of consumers to another cause the greatest amount of economic harm to lower-income individuals and families; and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance has continued to stand for and call upon policymakers to consider pursue policies that are economically and environmentally beneficially; and

WHEREAS, electric utilities and other energy service providers should partner with the Administration and sate policymakers to enact energy policies in the most fair and equitable way, and;

WHEREAS, state regulators should use all the authorities available to ensure policy proposals undergo real and measurable economic and environmental cost and benefit analysis; and

WHEREAS, we continue to believe that innovative technologies, including distributed energy resources and efficiency, are an important part of the energy mix; and

WHEREAS, if federal or state governments offer incentives for clean energy they should be for the community’s benefit, not for financial institutions using for their own enrichment; and

WHEREAS, outdated policies, like net metering, continue to undermine the financial health of people not able to afford distributed generation systems or who do not otherwise qualify; and

WHEREAS, the California Public Utility Commission commissioned a study that found a $1.1 billion dollar imbalance of costs related to their net metering policy and other state commissions are finding similar impacts; and

WHEREAS, policymakers that recognize this inequity and who are taking action should be publicly acknowledged encourage to take further corrective action; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Policy Alliance will continue to support the deployment of clean energy sources, like wind and solar, only if they can be priced in a way that is fair and equitable for all consumers; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Policy Alliance will work with the Administration and other key stakeholders to further promote access to affordable clean energy in order to improve the environment for all consumers; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the National Policy Alliance will transmit this Resolution to the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, the Administrator of the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Governors and state public utility/service commissions.

Presented by Brian McCormack, EEI

Motioned by: Johnny Ford, WCM

Seconded by: Adam McFadden, NBC-LEO