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Renewable advocates highlight 'most effective' path to net-zero emissions as House releases clean energy proposal

January 10, 2020 / Matthew Bandyk

A combination of a federal clean energy standard, a technology-neutral tax credit, a carbon pricing approach and transmission regulation reforms is the "most effective scenario" in which the U.S. achieves dramatic greenhouse gas emissions reductions by the middle of the century, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) said in a report released Thursday as House Democrats prepare a sweeping piece of legislation intended to achieve nationwide net-zero emissions by 2050. The House Energy & Commerce Committee released a framework on Wednesday laying out the major provisions of the CLEAN Future Act, a planned bill that would combine a federal Clean Electricity Standard with measures like energy efficiency targets for buildings, a national climate bank proposal and incentives for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The ACORE report advocates overhauling the way the federal government approaches electric transmission, but the CLEAN Future Act framework does not currently addres...