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BCSE Statement on U.S. Official Withdrawal from Paris Agreement (November 4, 2020)

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November 4, 2020 

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BCSE Statement on the U.S. Official Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Washington, D.C. – Effective today, the United States completed its official withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the multilateral commitment by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to nationally determined contributions. Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) president Lisa Jacobson issued the following statement:

“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy is disappointed that the United States is no longer a signatory to the Paris Agreement. The BCSE’s long-standing position is that a multilateral approach to the global challenge of climate change is the most equitable, efficient and effective way forward. International cooperation also sends an important signal to global markets to accelerate the deployment of clean energy.

“Despite the decision by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, BCSE members remain uplifted by the level of sub-national action and commitment to address climate change. The leadership demonstrated by corporations, states and local governments, universities and other stakeholders to commit to reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, to say “We Are Still In,” is an important signal to both domestic and international markets for clean energy.

“The BCSE will continue to participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations and work to help implement the goals in the Paris Agreement. This includes advocating for a coordinated effort across all levels of government, by all actors in the economy to address climate change, enhance our country’s resilience and accelerate the deployment of clean energy in America and abroad.”

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Business Council for Sustainable Energy Offers Principles & Recommendations for Energy and Climate Change Policy (October 27, 2020)

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October 27, 2020

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Business Council for Sustainable Energy Offers Principles & Recommendations for Energy and Climate Change Policy

30-year Coalition with Broad Membership Shares Consensus on Policy Foundations

Washington, D.C. –  The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is releasing today an updated set of Recommendations for Energy and Climate Change Policy, in advance of next week’s election and in preparation for the future consideration of policy and legislative proposals by the next Congress and administration, as well as state and local policymakers.

A webinar will be held today at 12:00 pm ET that will explore election scenarios and potential impacts on the clean energy industry and will feature the release of this coalition document. See additional details at the end of this release.

“The BCSE coalition seeks policies that advance economic recovery and the clean energy future,” said Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy. “The significance of the BCSE’s Recommendations for Energy and Climate Change Policy is that it reflects the alignment of the coalition’s diverse set of members and nearly three decades of industry cooperation across the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors in the United States.         

“Together, these clean energy industries offer a pragmatic approach to future action on energy and climate change policy, as well as economic recovery. Their collective practical experience in delivering clean energy solutions is applied here to identify policy approaches that create the best outcomes for their customers and community and our climate.”

“The ongoing energy transition to cleaner fuels and technologies, our country’s economic and social upheaval and the persistent challenges presented by climate change must all be taken into account as policymakers weigh energy policy options,” said Emily Duncan, Chairman, BCSE Board of Directors and Director of Federal Government Relations for National Grid US.

“A holistic approach to America’s energy future must also include infrastructure, finance, digital, workforce development, and science policy. Today, the BCSE offers a set of principles and recommendations to ensure that energy and climate policy is aligned with the needs of both industry and consumers. Our next set of investments in energy must be effective and their benefits long-lasting.

“The principles articulated in the BCSE’s Recommendations for Energy and Climate Change Policy recognize that Americans are looking for reliable, affordable, resilient and clean energy – and that the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy industries can deliver on these values.”

About the Webinar

The BCSE, in partnership with the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) and the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP will host the fifth installment of its Powering Forward webinar series on “Election Scenarios and Impacts for the Clean Energy Economy” today at 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET. Featured speakers include:

  • Liam Donovan, Principal, Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP
  • Emily Duncan, Chairman, BCSE Board of Directors and Director, Federal Government Relations, National Grid US
  • Nanette Lockwood, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Advocacy, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Trane Technologies
  • Chris Mathey, Vice President of Government Relations, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions
  • Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO, National Hydropower Association
  • Jim Wrathall, General Counsel, New Energy Equity

Registration is free and open to all at this link.

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BCSE Statement on Passage of House Energy Bill (September 25, 2020)

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September 25, 2020

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BCSE Statement on Passage of House Energy Bill

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement regarding House passage of HR 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, and the possibility of energy legislation passing Congress this session.

“BCSE is pleased to see the House of Representatives take action to pass the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act.  This progress adds urgency for the U.S. Senate to pass its strong package of energy legislation, the American Energy Innovation Act. The Council hopes that both energy bills can move forward to a productive negotiation between the houses of Congress.

“The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act comes in the wake of significant national and international attention on clean energy and climate change. Today is the final day of National Clean Energy Week, which more than 30 states including Washington D.C. recognized, and near the end of Climate Week NYC, the largest international climate summit taking place in 2020. The nation and the world look to the Congress for leadership on clean energy.

“Enacting energy legislation this Congress would be a foundational first step in addressing our energy, economic recovery, and climate challenges. The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act has important provisions for research and development and the long-term growth of the clean energy industries, but more can and should be done as the economy recovers from the business conditions resulting from COVID-19.”

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BCSE Statement on Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Report (August 25, 2020)

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August 25, 2020

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BCSE Statement on Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Report

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement regarding the release of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Report “The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Energy Economy for the American People”:

“The Special Committee’s report contains strong policy ideas, as well as a vital message about the power of federal climate action to deploy existing clean energy solutions that expand economic opportunities and create jobs. BCSE agrees with report’s conclusion that Congressional action can drive alignment across the economy. Stable, economy-wide policies unlock the fastest and most cost-effective climate responses from the private sector.”

“The BCSE applauds the focus on policy tools with proven impact, including American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-like spending programs, successful tax policies for renewable energy deployment, and performance contracting for energy efficiency.”

“Clean energy policy has historically had strong support from both Democrats and Republicans, and the BCSE looks forward to seeing collaboration across the aisle in the Senate. The American Energy Innovation Act is an example of meaningful bipartisan energy and climate policy, and the BCSE continues to recommend its passage.”

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Relief Needed for Clean Energy Industries in Next COVID-19 Response Bill (July 20, 2020)

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July 20, 2020

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Relief Needed for Clean Energy Industries in Next COVID-19 Response Bill

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson released a letter to House and Senate Leadership urging Congress to address the impacts of COVID-19 on the economic and business conditions for clean energy industries and their workforce in the next COVID-19 response measure.

“The next COVID-19 relief bill should include measures to stabilize investment and bring people in the clean energy and energy efficiency sector back to work,” Jacobson stated.

“Since the U.S. escalation of the pandemic in early March, over 500,000 clean energy jobs have been lost and the clean energy project and investment pipeline has been significantly interrupted. Project construction and permitting has been delayed, financing has been slowed, and supply chains have been disrupted.  The energy efficiency sector continues to suffer from 360,000 job losses impacting a full 15 percent of its work force, while a total of 82,400 renewable electric power generation workers (14 percent of the sector’s workforce) remain unemployed due to the pandemic. 

 “Given the diversity of products, services and business models in clean energy sectors, a range of policy solutions are needed to provide market stability, including support to states, localities, and tribes; adjustments to tax policy; regulatory changes; funding for research, development, and deployment (RD&D) initiatives, and workforce development among other proposals. The objectives are to provide market stability in this uncertain period and to spur investment and jobs for economic recovery when the time is right.”

Please find here the BCSE Letter to House and Senate Leadership on Phase IV COVID-19 Relief.

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BCSE Congratulates Virginia on Joining Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (July 13, 2020)

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July 13, 2020

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BCSE Congratulates Virginia on Joining Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

State Implements Plans to Reduce Emissions, Support Economic Recovery

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement on the completion of Virginia’s emissions trading regulation and its entrance into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI):

“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy is heartened to see Virginia acting rapidly on its commitment to a clean energy economy by joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The Council supports market-based mechanisms that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and RGGI has been an effective cooperative effort.

“The decision to send revenues from the allowance auctions to programs that will improve the state’s climate resilience and energy efficiency will support the return of local jobs, in addition to addressing climate change. Virginia lost over 12,000 clean energy jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly in the energy efficiency sector.

“Despite short-term challenges, the clean energy sector is built on a strong foundation. State and regional policies that support the clean energy sector lead to positive outcomes on climate change mitigation and local jobs and industry.”

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BCSE Statement on Passage of House Infrastructure Bill, H.R. 2 (July 1, 2020)

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July 1, 2020

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BCSE Statement on Passage of House Infrastructure Bill, H.R. 2

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement regarding House passage of the INVEST in America Act, H.R. 2.

“The BCSE is pleased to see strong clean energy provisions incorporated into the House-passed INVEST in America Act, such as clean transportation, energy, and tax measures.  It is our hope that these measures can be paired with the many bipartisan clean energy bills in the Senate, such as the American Energy Innovation and Leadership Act and the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act, so the U.S. can accelerate investment in clean energy infrastructure, help the economy recover, assist the domestic manufacturing sector, and maintain America’s international competitiveness.

“BCSE appreciates the serious consideration Congress is providing to modernizing and expanding U.S. infrastructure.  This objective is of prime importance to clean energy sectors.  The federal government plays a unique role in that it can enable policies that will incentivize and leverage private sector participation and capital that will spur even greater improvement of our nation’s infrastructure.”

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BCSE Statement on Release of House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Majority Report (June 30, 2020)

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June 30, 2020

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BCSE Statement on Release of House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Majority Report

Report Shows Opportunities for American Energy Leadership, Coalition will Work to Build Bipartisan Support for Policy Action

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement regarding the release of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Majority Report:

“The BCSE is gratified to see strong pillars of action and many smart policy pathways highlighted in the Select Committee’s report.  BCSE also applauds the Committee’s extensive outreach across the nation to communities and to the many industry stakeholders. The report clearly identifies clean energy deployment as a priority to slow climate change, drive economic growth, and maintain America’s international competitiveness. Investments in infrastructure and the domestic manufacturing sector will strengthen supply chains and ensure that the clean energy sector can deliver the products and services needed to meet clean energy and climate goals across the country and the world.

“Clean energy is a bipartisan priority, and the BCSE will work to foster increased public collaboration between the Democratic and Republican members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Joint Republican Statement on the Democratic Staff Report shows many areas of alignment for the parties on American industry and innovation.

“While the recommendations in this report begin their path through the legislative process, BCSE urges Congress to pass the American Energy Innovation Act, which has amassed strong bipartisan support under the leadership of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-WV), as a foundational first step.”

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BCSE Statement on Introduction of the GREEN Act (June 26, 2020)

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June 26, 2020

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BCSE Statement on Introduction of the GREEN Act

Clean Energy Industries Can Support Rapid Economic Recovery

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement regarding the introduction of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act, HR 7330, in the House of Representatives.

“BCSE is pleased to see Subcommittee Chairman Thompson, and the Ways and Means Committee, recognize tax policy as an important tool to address sudden economic shifts experienced in the clean energy sector brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Prior to the pandemic the U.S. clean energy workforce was expanding, and now, the sector is facing economic challenges and dramatic job losses. As history has shown, clean energy industries can be drivers of the economic recovery.  Stable, predictable tax policy, as outlined in the GREEN Act, is one of a number of areas Congress can take action to provide relief to clean energy industries and help our economy recover.

“With policy support, clean energy industries can recover the jobs they have lost and return to the previous decade-long trend of economic and job growth. As nearly 70% of pre-pandemic clean energy jobs were in small businesses, federal policy supporting the recovery of clean energy sectors would benefit communities across the country.”

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BCSE President Testifies On COVID-19 Impacts to Clean Energy Industry Before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (June 16, 2020)

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June 16, 2020

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BCSE President Testifies On COVID-19 Impacts to Clean Energy Industry Before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Clean Energy Job Losses Grow, but Industry Can Support Rapid Economic Recovery

Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson will testify today before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at a hearing titled “Examining the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Energy Industry.” The hearing begins at 10 am ET and will be webcast on the Committee’s website.

Ms. Jacobson’s testimony will cover the critical role of the energy sector in providing essential services during the pandemic, the employment and economic challenges facing the sector today and the opportunities for the clean energy sectors to support American economic recovery.

Ms. Jacobson offered the follow statement:

“I commend Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-WV) for convening today’s hearing. At a time when every sector of the economy is facing obstacles, the clean energy industry is especially strained, with over 620,000 jobs lost and many more at risk. With policy support, the industry can recover the jobs it has lost and return to its previous decade-long trend of economic and job growth. As nearly 70% of pre-pandemic clean energy jobs were in small businesses, federal policy supporting the recovery of clean energy sectors would benefit communities across the country.

“I am honored to represent the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors at today’s hearing. The essential workers in these sectors have made valued contributions in keeping America’s energy system running and I will recognize that today.”

Ms. Jacobson’s full testimony is available on the BCSE website.

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