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BCSE In Action

December 17, 2014
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113th Congress Takes Important Steps, But More Work to Be Done on Energy Policy in 2015

Washington, DC- Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson issued the following statement on the conclusion of the 113th Congress:

"While Congress took some important steps over these past few days prior to its adjournment, there are also many important issues that were left outstanding. It is important to note areas where Congress took action - in funding important energy programs, and providing for short-term tax extensions - but it is also important to focus on areas where the Council looks forward to working with the new Congress on unfinished business in January."

"A major achievement, particularly in these times of divided government, was the enactment of legislation to keep the government funded through the end of fiscal year 2015. The Council was pleased to see that this legislation provided consistent funding for many of the key programs at the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Over the years, these important EERE programs have helped to diversify our nation's energy portfolio, have led to job creation in new and emerging energy technologies, and have helped to make the United States energy supply more secure, reliable, and clean.

"The Council was also pleased that Congress took steps to enact legislation to extend important clean energy tax measures through 2014. It is unfortunate this legislation was passed only in the final days of Congress and with only a few short days remaining in the year, but it is also worth noting that the legislation passed overwhelmingly by both Houses of Congress. The Council had advocated for a two-year extension, which would have provided certainty to businesses and would have made a big difference in providing Americans with more clean and affordable energy. The Council will begin again in earnest in January to work with Congress on energy tax policy.

"Finally, the Council was hopeful that Congress would enact energy efficiency legislation offered by Senators Shaheen and Portman in the Senate and Congressmen McKinley and Welch in the House. The legislation was both bipartisan and supported by a majority of Members of Congress, but ultimately time ran out. It is our hope the Congress will favorably reconsider the legislation in early 2015."

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