U.S. Senator Tina Smith: Now is the Time For Congress to Enact a Clean Electricity Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. [6/17/21]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith—a longtime leader in pushing the nation toward a clean energy economy—said now is the time for Congress to enact a Clean Electricity Standard (CES), and today she released a new summary on how a CES would put the United States at the forefront of technology innovation, and create millions of good-paying jobs.

You can access the summary here.

“We can either lead or follow when it comes to the clean energy transition. I want us to lead,” said Sen. Smith. “And Minnesotans understand that clean energy is key to our economic future. A federal Clean Electricity Standard—in addition to creating jobs AND driving innovation—would provide for affordable energy, fight climate change, and reduce air and water pollution. I’m pleased that my CES bill was supported by environmental groups, utility providers, and labor unions—the broad support necessary for it to be implemented. Now it’s time for Congress to enact a CES.”

In 2019, Sen. Smith introduced legislation to establish a federal CES to achieve net-zero emissions in the electric sector, and she continues to press Congress to enact a strong CES as a central part of our national strategy to fight climate change. President Biden has made a CES a central piece of his American Jobs Plan proposal and it would put us on a path to achieving our Paris Climate goals. The summary released today highlights the advantages of incorporating a CES into law as part of an infrastructure and jobs package.