Senator Tina Smith is working to advance a clean electricity standard in the infrastructure bill that would eliminate all net greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector. The CES would require utility providers to include more clean energy in their mix over time:
“Renewable clean power is often the cheapest form of power. And the way we are structuring this for the infrastructure bill we believe it would hold rates that people pay on their utility bills even, your power wouldn’t go up.”
Many providers are already shifting to cleaner energy sources. But rural co-ops, municipal utilities, national energy giants, and consumers who buy or generate their own renewable energy all face different challenges. The CES allows everybody to start where they are.