Introduction of Congressional legislation is pending.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released a white paper on March 21 requesting broad public comment on the idea of developing such a standard. The paper poses 36 crucial questions that may ultimately decide the success or failure of CES legislation, including:
■ What energy sources should qualify as “clean”
■ What is the most appropriate timetable for implementing a standard
■ How would consumers be protected from burdensome rate increases
■ How much new transmission is needed to meet clean energy goals
■ How should transmission costs be allocated
■ What effect might s CES have on “current dispatch order of existing generation…which has been driven by minimization of consumer costs, historically.” (ISO Newswire, 4/11/2011)