The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will try again this year to block clean energy standards. The corporate lobbyist will meet at the States and Nation Policy Summit in December to discuss resolutions aimed at “slowing the growth of key elements within the renewable energy sector,” EcoWatch reports.
Despite failed attempts throughout 2013, ALEC’s Energy, Environment and Agriculture (EEA) task force plans to offer a variety of strategy sessions on combatting clean energy, such as a discussion of strategies “legislative and private sector members can employ to address EPA’s rulemaking to limit greenhouse gas emissions” from both new and existing power plants – part of Obama’s National Climate Action Plan.
At the summit, the EEA task force will consider a resolution to encourage legislators to require residents who generate their own electricity (such as those who use solar) to pay utilities. Residents who generate their own power get credit through net metering, which ensures that customers receive credit for clean power they put back on the grid. According to ALEC, “When net-metered customers are credited for the full retail cost of electricity, they effectively avoid paying the grid costs.”
The agenda includes two resolutions to stop the EPA’s greenhouse gas emission standards for new and existing power plants. “These two draft resolutions are the newest in ALEC’s ongoing work to block policy solutions to climate change, mainly by slowing down the inevitable phaseout of carbon pollution from coal plants,” Greenpeace researcher Connor Gibson told EcoWatch.
During 2013, ALEC’s EEA backed several fossil fuel interests such as promoting the Keystone XL pipeline, attacking renewable energy portfolio standards across the nation, attempting to aid one of their members, Virginia Uranium, in overturning a ban on uranium mining, and generally giving corporations and corporate interests voting power and access to state legislators across the country.
Also at the December summit, the right-wing corporate interest group will introduce a new member to its ranks – America’s Natural Gas Alliance. The company was co-founded by former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon and is one of the largest fracking companies in the United States.