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25x’25 REsource: Election Winners Must Forge a New Energy Consensus

11.2.12

Tuesday's
elections will usher in a new Congress and, potentially, a new administration.
Whoever ends up being elected will bear the awesome responsibility of forging
consensus and adopting a comprehensive, long-term national energy policy.
Policy makers next year, regardless of party affiliation, must recognize that
the adoption of a stable and wide-ranging policy that includes renewable energy
is the only way to guarantee America's energy, economic and environmental
security.

It
seems that much of the rhetoric surrounding the presidential campaign this year
has focused on seemingly opposing and contentious positions of conventional
energy versus renewable energy, despite the ostensible advocacy by those in
either party of an "all-of-the-above" approach to new energy
development.

The
25x'25 Alliance has long held that a wide variety of technologies are needed to
meet a growth in energy that is coming with the ongoing economic recovery. But
innovation is also needed to shore up what is a vulnerable energy supply.

The
wide devastation left by Hurricane Sandy from Virginia up through New York and
New Jersey, and west into the Ohio Valley took a horrific toll that included
dozens of lives and property destruction measured in the billions of dollars.
It also left millions without power late in the week, underscoring the
susceptibility of an energy system that is limited in the resources that
generate its power.

Hurricane
Sandy puts a new emphasis on the need for the federal government to support the
development of a diverse energy supply and the research needed to accelerate
development of the technologies that can insure our energy viability under any
and all circumstances.

The
growth of the sector over the past decade shows renewable energy is not only a
critical segment of that diverse energy supply, but the most sustainable and
cleanest energy resource at this nation's disposal.

Much
of that growth is attributable to the policies implemented by lawmakers on both
sides of the aisle who, among other initiatives, adopted a 25-percent renewable
energy goal as part of the wide-ranging Energy Independence and Security Act
signed into law by President Bush in December 2007.

The
advantages and growing economic benefits of renewable energy, including lower
costs and job creation, are the kinds of positive attributes that encouraged
members of both parties to support the allocation in 2009 of funding that
served as the seed money for the launch of technologies that are broadening our
energy resource base today.

Renewable
energy has experienced unprecedented growth since the beginning of the
millennium, surging 66 percent in the first decade of 2000. Consumption of
renewable forms of energy during the same period jumped 67 percent. A
substantial portion of this growth has been driven by state and federal
policies, programs and funding mechanisms that have boosted renewable energy
production.

It
is crucial in 2013 that policy makers reach consensus on a comprehensive energy
policy and, as part of that effort, continue to fulfill the promise of
renewable energy technology ‑ particularly those solutions to our energy
problems that are readily available from the land. A failure to act continues
to compromise our national and economic security and stalls the development and
expansion of the renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies needed to
insure that we remain a strong, viable and competitive nation.