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Clean Energy In Action


Every year, CRES awards state and federal policymakers who have gone above and beyond in driving and supporting clean energy legislation in their states and country with the title of Clean Energy Champion. For more information on CRES Clean Energy Champion awardees, visit https://www.citizensfor.com/champions/
Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

  • Serves as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where she supports the safe and efficient production and use of all forms of domestic energy, as well as research to help develop emerging technologies.
  • As a senior member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, she’s helped to ensure that Congress funds important clean energy research and development endeavors.
  • Serves as a member of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus and the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

  • Introduced the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act, which would deploy energy storage technologies and strengthen our nation’s energy storage research and development.
  • Sponsored bipartisan legislation to encourage offshore wind development nationwide.
  • Worked to boost funding for the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) program, which helps support early stage energy research.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)

  • Authored and introduced the landmark Great American Outdoors Act, legislation that provides funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and helps maintain national parks.
  • Helped establish the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, a bicameral group focused on addressing environmental problems through market-based solutions.
  • Co-sponsored legislation that would incentivize research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas to ensure a reliable, affordable and environmentally sound energy supply.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)

  • Long-time supporter of the wind and solar industry in his home state of North Carolina. In 2017, he led a bipartisan group of Senators in urging against tariffs that would harm our domestic solar industry.
  • Helped pass into law legislation aimed at securing our national electric grid.
  • Joined Senators Murkowski and Collins in urging the Treasury Department to take additional steps to provide aid to the renewable energy industry.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA)

  • Proposed, and pushed for, the Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard, which encourages electricity suppliers to increase the usage of clean energy during periods of high, carbon intensive, and expensive electricity demand, with the long-term goal of reducing ratepayer costs while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Signed a bipartisan solar energy bill to create a long-term plan for sustainable solar development, expand the Commonwealth’s solar industry, and make progress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Supported legislation that requires utilities to solicit long-term contracts from offshore wind farm developers to bring at least 1,600 megawatts of wind energy to Massachusetts in the next 10 years into law.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

  • Authored the Green Real Deal resolution, H.Res.288, a plan to address climate change by harnessing the power of free markets, embracing technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and cutting excessive governmental red tape.
  • Introduced the bipartisan Super Pollutants Act, legislation to slow climate change by regulating black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons and methane–some of the most potent greenhouse gases.
  • Serves as a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus and the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

  • Helped establish the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus and serves as a member of the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus.
  • Introduced the Energy Jobs for Our Heroes Act, a bill that establishes a program to prepare veterans for careers in the energy industry.
  • Helped introduce the IMPACT for Energy Act, a bill that creates a nonprofit foundation to engage with the private sector to raise funds that support the development of innovative clean energy technologies.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)

  • Co-founded the first-ever bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus.
  • Helped introduce the bipartisan Clean Industrial Technology Act, legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make American companies more competitive in the global economy.
  • Co-sponsored the bipartisan Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, legislation to help strengthen domestic nuclear capabilities and competitiveness.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

  • Co-leads the House chamber’s Roosevelt Conservation Caucus and serves as a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus.
  • Introduced the Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act, legislation that extends tax credits for investments in qualified renewable energy production.
  • Helped ensure funding for important research and development endeavors, such as the ARPA-E.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)

  • Introduced the Energy Sector Innovation Credit, legislation that allows for increased investments in energy storage technology, which is a critical component for clean energy.
  • Introduced the POWER Act, legislation that would create jobs, reduce energy consumption, and protect the environment.
  • Co-sponsored the Roofing Efficiency Jobs Act, a bipartisan bill to promote job creation and save businesses and consumers millions of dollars each year on energy bills.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Governor Henry McMaster (R-SC)

  • Championed and signed into law The Energy Freedom Act, House Bill 3659, a historic measure that expands access to solar in 2019.
  • Supported the development of a variety of solar energy projects throughout South Carolina, such as a $100 million investment to build a 74-megawatt solar panel farm near Edgefield Highway in Aiken County.
  • Defended South Carolina’s pristine coastline and coastal shoreline by requesting an exclusion from the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD)

  • Renewed Maryland’s commitment to the highly successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade plan that has helped lower participating states’ carbon emissions by 40 percent in its first decade.
  • Put forward a budget that included key provisions to strengthen Maryland’s economy and upheld his commitment to voters that he would fight to preserve environmental quality and address climate change.
  • Fully-funded efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and also established a grant program aimed at aiding coastal communities who are forced to endure the potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change and extreme weather.
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Clean Energy and Climate Champion

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA)

  • Under Reynolds’s leadership, Iowa’s wind power industry has grown exponentially and she continues to support local wind power manufacturing and jobs.
  • As a strong advocate for clean energy, she’s recognized Clean Energy Week as an official celebration in her home state for 2018 and 2019.
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