Clean Energy Standard: Potential Qualifying Energy Sources

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This report begins with a brief examination of clean energy, renewable energy, and alternative energy. It then presents possible selection criteria Congress could use to determine which sources could be eligible for a CES depending on the goal(s) of the CES. The report provides an overview of the energy sources most commonly discussed as potential CES qualifying sources: biomass, fossil fuels (natural gas combined-cycle and coal-fired power plants with carbon capture and sequestration), geothermal resources, nuclear, solar, water, and wind. The report describes where each source can be found in the United States, the estimated quantity available for electricity generation, technologies used to create electricity from the source, advantages and disadvantages of using the source for electricity generation, and policy implications should the source be included in a CES.5 The report also contains a section on energy efficiency and its potential inclusion in a CES.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: May 3, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Bracmort, Kelsi

Analyst in Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Policy

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Folger, Peter

Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy

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Holt, Mark

Specialist in Energy Policy

Creator (Author):
Ratner, Michael

Analyst in Energy Policy

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Sissine, Fred

Specialist in Energy Policy

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: May 3, 2011
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United States
Description:

This report begins with a brief examination of clean energy, renewable energy, and alternative energy. It then presents possible selection criteria Congress could use to determine which sources could be eligible for a CES depending on the goal(s) of the CES. The report provides an overview of the energy sources most commonly discussed as potential CES qualifying sources: biomass, fossil fuels (natural gas combined-cycle and coal-fired power plants with carbon capture and sequestration), geothermal resources, nuclear, solar, water, and wind. The report describes where each source can be found in the United States, the estimated quantity available for electricity generation, technologies used to create electricity from the source, advantages and disadvantages of using the source for electricity generation, and policy implications should the source be included in a CES.5 The report also contains a section on energy efficiency and its potential inclusion in a CES.

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27 pages.

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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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