It would not only expand the market across all states and make a level playing field, it would make the market more predictable and reliable over the long-term, which would spur development, he said.
Learner also said that putting a price on carbon is key to driving the market for renewable investment, manufacturing and deployment.
But in the absence of a market created by a carbon cap and other national policies, more and more companies like Provini's are looking to other shores for opportunity.
"There's a whole long list of American companies that have gone to China," Cuttino said. "[And] lots of companies sitting on the sidelines in the U.S. They're waiting for what they call T.L.C. -- transparency, longevity and consistency."
ABC News' Dan Harris and Judy Isikow contributed to this report.