When it comes to reducing America’s oil dependency, we think the federal government should redouble its own efforts to shift away from imported fuel.
Energy security should start at every federal loading dock and overnight drop box. That’s the main message of our landmark 2012 Oil Shift report.
The report calls for alternative fuel and other petroleum reducing preferences for federal contractors providing high volume shipping and transportation services to the federal government. This could have very large multiplier benefits nationwide in reducing the trucking sector’s oil consumption and associated tailpipe emissions.
Our Oil Shift plan requires no new legislation and no new federal spending. Existing laws and executive orders give the Administration all the authority it needs to kick start a new generation of alternative fuel transportation services.
The foundation is working with businesses, universities and environmental groups to analyze and develop policy to expand market access for renewable energy.
In 2014, the foundation’s CEO published an op-ed supporting Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and also contended that reform of outdated state rules is desirable to enable California companies to directly contract for renewable sources of electricity. In November, 2014, the Foundation estimated that expanding the state’s Direct Access program for commercial users from 13% to 20% of private utilities’ load, with the additional power sourced wholly from renewable generation, could stimulate a total of approximately 6000 MW of new solar, wind and geothermal facilities.
Potomac River Green
Potomac River Green is an innovative $450 million plan to transform the waterfront site of a coal-fired power plant in Alexandria, VA into an environmentally friendly, mixed-use community. This redevelopment concept is designed to provide a catalyst for a market-based solution to the plant’s retirement. Potomac River Green features extraordinary river access and open space amenities; includes hundreds of new riverfront housing units; greatly improves community connectivity to the city’s Old Town community; and, at the heart of the site, creates a world-class new energy center for the Washington region. Read the full report at the Potomac River Green website.