Renewable Energy Associations Laud United Nations Climate Report

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report Shows Renewable Energy Could Provide Nearly 80 Percent of World's Power

WASHINGTON DC, (May 9, 2011) - Leaders of the renewable energy industry hailed the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shows with the right policies to support growth, renewable power sources could dominate the world's energy supply by 2050, and called even more strongly for the development of smart energy policies to ensure that renewables continue to grow.


This momentous change away from fossil fuels could help keep the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius - an aim recognized in the United Nations Climate Convention's Cancun Agreements.

"It is extremely heartening to see acknowledgement by the United Nations of something we have known for a long time: biomass and other renewable energy sources have the potential to produce significantly more energy than we are already producing," said Bob Cleaves, President & CEO of the Biomass Power Association. "Not too long ago, it would have been unthinkable to forecast that energy from renewable sources would surpass energy from fossil fuels -- and now it appears that this goal is within reach. The growth of the renewable energy industry will lead to a cleaner environment and to the creation of thousands of jobs."

In the US, the Obama Administration is looking to enact the types of policies that the report espouses. The proposed Clean Energy Standard could allow for 80% of US energy to come from renewable sources by 2035 according to the administration. The President is also seeking to shift $4 Billion in tax subsidies to oil companies toward renewable energy development.

"This new report confirms we have to change how we think about renewable energy. Each of the renewable technologies will produce significant amounts of energy and together they will meet the majority of our energy needs in the future," said Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association. "Now, we need to see national energy plans and policies like a strong national renewable energy standard and long-term incentives to accelerate this transition to a new, clean energy future."

"What the IPCC has found is something the renewable energy industry has known for some time: these technologies can power our future," said Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director of the National Hydropower Association. "The growth observed did not happen on its own, however. Policies - whether regulatory, investments or incentives - that increase the long-term certainty for the industry and its investors, will make the projections of this report the reality of tomorrow."

"Once again, technical experts have concluded that renewable energy can and must be a major part of our energy supply," says Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). "Already wind has installed 35 percent of all new electric generation capacity since 2007 and tracks ahead of schedule in supplying the U.S. with 20 percent of its generation from wind by 2030."

About the American Wind Energy Association:
AWEA is the national trade association of America's wind industry, with more than 2,500 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world's largest wind power trade show. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America. Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA Web site. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA's blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter.

Press contact: Ellen Carey, 202.249.7357, ecarey@awea.org

About the Biomass Power Association:
The Biomass Power Association is the nation's leading organization working to expand and advance the use of clean, renewable biomass power.

As policymakers at every level explore ways to lower greenhouse gases and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, BPA -- a member-driven organization representing plants in 20 states -- is the leading advocate for a strong commitment to clean, renewable biomass energy.

Press contact: Carrie Annand, 703-889-8504 ext. 6, carrieannand@hillenby.com

About the Geothermal Energy Association:
The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses. GEA advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources, provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems, encourages research and development to improve geothermal technologies, presents industry views to governmental organizations, provides assistance for the export of geothermal goods and services, compiles statistical data about the geothermal industry, and conducts education and outreach projects.
For more information, please visit http://www.geo-energy.org/. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.

Press contact: Garret Drexler, 212 255 8455, garret@rosengrouppr.com

About the National Hydropower Association:
NHA is a non-profit national association dedicated exclusively to advancing the interests of the U.S. hydropower industry, including conventional, pumped storage and new marine and hydrokinetic technologies. NHA's membership consists of more than 180 organizations including public utilities, investor owned utilities, independent power producers project developers, equipment manufacturers, environmental and engineering consultants and attorneys.

Press contact: Matthew Nocella, 202.682.1700, ext. 21, Matt@hydro.org

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