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US Solar & Wind Associations Release Renewable Energy Handbook

Two US renewable energy associations, the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association, have jointly published a handbook that details how states can incorporate renewable energy into their plans to comply with US policy regulations.

The handbook aims to help states comply with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, by detailing specific methods in which renewable energy can be integrated into a state’s energy mix.

“Wind energy already cuts power sector carbon emissions by more than five percent a year, while growing U.S. manufacturing and generating tens of billions of dollars of investment, including in economically distressed rural areas,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan. “This new handbook provides a helping hand to states, allowing them to capitalize on the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy while diversifying their energy mix and lowering costs for consumers.”

“Last year, solar energy helped to offset more than 22 million metric tons of harmful carbon emissions in the U.S., which is the equivalent of removing 4.7 million cars off our roads and highways or saving 2.5 billion gallons of gasoline,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch. “For states looking to meet new obligations under the Clean Power Plan, solar and wind energy can be real game changers.”

Specifically, the handbook details reasons why and how renewable energy should be used as a compliance tool.

The 184 page publication, A Handbook for the States: Incorporating Renewable Energy into State Compliance Plans for EPA’s Clean Power Plan, “was prepared by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and is intended as a starting point for states that are considering renewable energy as a compliance tool for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants (Clean Power Plan).”

The handbook is freely available, and is packed full of the AWEA and SEIA’s interpretation of the more than 1,000 pages of the draft EPA rule, as well as step-by-step guidance on how to incorporate renewable energy into state compliance plans.

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