A clean energy standard (CES) is a market-based, technology-neutral portfolio standard that requires a certain percentage of retail electricity sales come from non- or low-emitting sources. A CES can be a politically favorable and cost-effective alternative to pricing carbon in the electricity sector. This issue brief explores the options available for policymakers to implement a CES at the state or federal level based on previous attempts, optimal design, and current political opportunities.
Press Release — May 15, 2019
New Report on State Policy Options to Price Carbon from Electricity
Press Release — May 8, 2019
RFF Assesses a New Climate Bill that Sets a Clean Energy Standard
Issue Brief — May 8, 2019
Projected Effects of the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2019
RFF researchers modeled the effects of Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Ben Ray Luján's Clean Energy Standard Act of 2019, which would require retail electricity suppliers to sell an increasing amount of clean energy over time.