The renewable energy industry faces what could be a defining moment in its evolution due to the recent recession and growing talk on Capitol Hill to reduce or end incentives. However, the industry remains one of the U.S. economy's most consistent jobs creators and renewable energy enjoys widespread support among politicians and the public. State renewable portfolio standards are a key driver and proponents breathed a sigh of relief last November when California voters rejected a referendum that would have eased the state's renewable energy goals.