2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORTING A GENERATORíS TITLE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS PRODUCED FROM THE GENERATION FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

†††† WHEREAS, many local communities and municipalities have adopted an integrated waste management approach that includes development and operation of renewable energy technologies such as waste-to-energy and electricity produced from landfill gas; and

†††† WHEREAS, each community should strive to ensure safe disposal of solid waste and electricity for its residents from clean energy sources; and

†††† WHEREAS, renewable energy sources such as waste-to-energy and electricity produced from landfill gas provide a number of environmental benefits including utilization of indigenous natural resources, reduced dependence on imported foreign energy supply, increasing domestic fuel diversity, and significant reduction in the potential for release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; and

†††† WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors fully recognizes the renewable and other environmental attributes of the generation of power by waste-to-energy and electricity produced from landfill gas, and

†††† WHEREAS, the U.S. Congress, and many states have adopted or are considering adoption of laws that establish renewable energy credits in recognition of the sustainable, indigenous and clean energy production associated with generating electricity from municipal solid waste that may be traded in renewable marketplace; and

†††† WHEREAS, communities with waste-to-energy facilities benefit from the sale of electricity produced by municipal solid waste by receiving lower disposal costs and by sharing directly in the revenues generated by the sale of electricity,

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors recognizes the significant contribution provided by waste-to-energy and electricity produced by landfill gas in meeting the demand for renewable energy; and

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the U.S. Administration, the U.S. Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Service Commissions and states to recognize that the waste-to-energy generator has legal title to the renewable energy credits unless otherwise stated in contract between the generator and the buyer of renewable power.