The National RPS Forum, which was held in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, brought together key players from across the country’s energy sector to discuss ways to drive the clean energy transition forward. The forum focused on the role of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in promoting the expansion of renewable energy sources, as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by increasing the use of renewable energy.
RPS policies are one of the most effective ways to drive the deployment of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal. They require utilities to generate a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable energy sources, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a cleaner and more sustainable energy system.
The National RPS Forum brought together representatives from state governments, utilities, developers, and advocacy organizations to discuss how to strengthen existing RPS policies and create new ones. Participants shared their successes and challenges in implementing RPS policies, as well as their views on the future of renewable energy and how RPS policies can help drive this transition.
The event also featured a keynote speech from former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy, who spoke about the critical need to transition to a cleaner energy economy and the role of policies like RPS in supporting this objective. McCarthy highlighted the progress that has been made in increasing the use of renewable energy, but stressed the need for continued action and ambitious targets to drive the transition to a sustainable energy system.
One of the key takeaways from the forum was the need for states to work together to create a more cohesive approach to renewable energy deployment. While many states have implemented successful RPS policies, there is still a lack of coordination across different regions and states, which can hinder the deployment of renewable energy sources. Participants discussed how regional partnerships and collaborations can help overcome these challenges and create a more efficient and effective approach to promoting renewable energy.
Overall, the National RPS Forum was a valuable opportunity for key players in the energy sector to come together and discuss ways to accelerate the clean energy transition. With the Biden administration’s commitment to expanding renewable energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, events like the National RPS Forum will be critical in advancing these goals and creating a more sustainable energy system for the future.