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,
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
Serves as a member of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus and the Senate
Climate Solutions Caucus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.