The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) submitted comments to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Dingell (D-MI) and to Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA) regarding SWANA's position on a federal renewable portfolio standard(RPS). In the comments, SWANA recommends four characteristics that it believes any RPS must include.
SWANA advises: (1) The RPS should not take the place of a renewable energy production tax credit or renewable energy production incentives, but serve as a companion to direct financial incentives in the form of tax savings for renewable energy production; (2) The RPS should value landfill gas to energy and waste-to-energy at the same level as other renewable energy resources; (3) It should be fair in the treatment of different renewable energy resources and ensure that our country achieves a broad portfolio of renewable energy; (4) The renewable attributes or renewable energy credits should be unbundled so that they do not necessarily have to be transferred to the power purchaser, but may be transferred to another party.
"SWANA is pleased to provide continued input to Congress on this issue," says John H. Skinner, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO of SWANA. "Waste-to-energy and landfill gas are valuable renewable energy resources that can aid in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
The full letter to Chairmen Dingell and Boucher can be read here.
For over 40 years, SWANA, The Solid Waste Association of North America, has been the leading professional association in the solid waste management field. SWANA's mission is "to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste." SWANA serves over 7,600 members and thousands more industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.
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The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.