76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

FULL PORTFOLIO NECESSARY FOR MEETING CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE

WHEREAS, Congress is currently contemplating federal legislation that would require large economy-wide reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the next forty years; and

WHEREAS, the achievement of such reduction levels would require very substantial reductions of emissions in the electric power sector; and

WHEREAS, more than 45 million Americans are served by more than 2000 community owned electric power utilities; and

WHEREAS, all aspects of electricity use, production, and delivery must be engaged to deliver reductions of this scale;and

WHEREAS, energy efficiency and conservation are the first and best choices for limiting greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective manner, but these measures alone are not sufficient to deliver the steep reduction levels targeted from the electric power sector; and

WHEREAS, further advances are needed for renewable energy, efficient end-use technologies, cleaner processes and control technologies for coal with CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS), increased generation and transmission efficiencies, interactive grid technologies, and nuclear generation and radioactive waste management technologies; and

WHEREAS, these advances must be achieved quickly to assure rapid deployment across the entire power sector; and

WHEREAS, the full exploration of each and every element of this portfolio of reduction strategies is essential if the electric power sector is to achieve its targeted reduction levels, while maintaining an affordable and reliable electricity supply that is key to the nation’s economic prosperity; and

WHEREAS, the level of improved performance required from each element of this portfolio is substantial and requires significant investment in research, development, and deployment(RD&D) to commercialize the requisite new technologies,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports ambitious exploration of a full portfolio approach to achieving targeted reduction levels, while maintaining an affordable and reliable electricity supply that is key to the nation’s economic prosperity; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges aggressive federal incentives and substantial public and private research and development spending needed to stimulate the technology development necessary to achieve the greenhouse gas reductions contemplated, recognizing that the longer the delay in funding these technology developments, the longer and costlier it will be to meet emissions reduction goals, and that, for maximum benefit, funding and incentives should begin immediately; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges that Federal financial incentives to promote development and deployment of zero- or low-emitting generation technologies and energy efficiency must be made available to all types of electric utilities. Tax-exempt community owned electric power utilities should be able to receive incentives comparable to those available to taxable entities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress to pass legislation to establish a workable regulatory framework for geological sequestration of CO2.