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CEBN and BCSE Applaud the Launch of Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (December 22, 2021)

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December 22, 2021

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CEBN and BCSE Applaud the Launch of Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

Washington, DC – The Clean Energy Business Network and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy applaud the announcement from the Department of Energy establishing the new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, to be led by Kelly Cummins. The funding provided for this office by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will support the demonstration of new technologies in the field, filling the gap between research and development and widespread deployment.

Lynn Abramson, President of the Clean Energy Business Network, commented:

“The Clean Energy Business Network has frequently cited the lack of funding for demonstration projects as a critical barrier to the commercialization of early-stage technologies. We look forward to working with the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to ensure that its programs are accessible to small businesses and help them reach target markets and grow.”

Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, said:

“The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations is filling a critical gap in the clean energy research and development cycle, by helping to overcome market barriers that exist between R&D and widespread deployment. The office will foster partnerships, leverage private capital and help create jobs in many of the clean technology sectors that will be needed to reach net-zero by 2050.”

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Build Back Better Act has Vital Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments (December 21, 2021)

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December 21, 2021

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Build Back Better Act has Vital Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments

Washington, DC – In response to ongoing Congressional negotiations about the Build Back Better Act, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Clean Energy Business Network released the following comments:

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson:

“The clean energy tax policy provisions in the Build Back Better Act will provide critical market signals to accelerate deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency solutions. These investments will protect Americans’ health, wealth and security by reducing emissions, improving community resilience and creating jobs. BCSE will continue to work with Congress and the Biden Administration to enact the Build Back Better Act as soon as possible.”

CEBN President Lynn Abramson:

“The Clean Energy Business Network has been pushing throughout the year to advance investments in cleaner, more reliable, more affordable forms of energy through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Build Back Better Act. More than 750 clean energy business leaders across all 50 states have supported these investments—many of whom are from very small companies that do not typically have a voice or position of influence in Washington. The momentum behind the clean energy economy is growing, and these voices will be heard. Policies such as extension of clean energy tax credits; incentives to drive down emissions in heavy industries like manufacturing; and investments in more reliable, modernized grid infrastructure would be an investment in America’s future. We are committed to continuing to advance policies to help support the creation of new companies, diversify local energy economies, and provide more reliable and affordable energy to all Americans.”

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Clean Energy Businesses at COP26 Call for Enhanced Ambition for Climate Responses (October 31, 2021)

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October 31, 2021

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Clean Energy Businesses at COP26 Call for Enhanced Ambition for Climate Responses

Business Council for Sustainable Energy Delegates Represent Solutions for Climate Action

Washington, D.C.& Glasgow, Scotland – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) brings 32 clean energy business, associations, and large energy buyers to the Twenty-Sixth Conference of the Parties meetings (COP26) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to share their climate change mitigation and resilience technology solutions and call for governments worldwide to raise their ambition and adopt new policies and commitments to reduce emissions.

“COP26 takes place at a historic moment: the second year of a global pandemic is coming to a close, and governments are making investment and policy decisions that will define their economic recovery and greenhouse gas emissions trajectories,” said Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. “BCSE members are at COP26 to call for world leaders to raise ambitions in their climate response and clean energy infrastructure strategies. The technologies to make deep reductions in emissions are available and affordable today - it’s time to put them to work.”

Since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, BCSE has brought delegations of observer organizations to almost all international climate negotiations. At COP26, the BCSE’s specific policy priorities are to see completion of the Paris Rulebook, including in topic areas including transparency and reporting, and on Article 6 guidelines to facilitate multilateral emissions trading.  BCSE also looks to the UNFCCC process as an important political venue to make advancements on finance and capacity building needed to accelerate the deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.

BCSE spokespeople are available for comment to press on these topics and more – contact Julia Selker at [email protected] with questions for subject matter experts.

BCSE will host public events over the course of COP26 – most will be live-streamed and several will be open to in-person attendees in the Blue Zone. Event and delegation information, press statements and member announcements will be available and updated over the next two weeks at BCSE’s COP26 website: bcse.org/cop26.

If you would like to be put on a COP26 distribution list to receive announcements and resources related to COP26, please email [email protected].

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FREYR joins the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (October 20, 2021)

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October 20, 2021

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FREYR Joins Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Washington, D.C. – FREYR Battery (NYSE: FREY) (“FREYR”), a developer of clean, next-generation battery cell production capacity, is joining the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), a coalition of companies and trade associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors that advocates for sustainable energy solutions (the “Council”).

“With this membership, FREYR becomes an active member in an organization that promotes clean energy technologies for a cleaner environment, a thriving economy and greater energy security. We are joining this important initiative to meet the challenges of climate change and drive the decarbonization of energy and transportation systems for a better planet,” said Tom Einar Jensen, Chief Executive Officer of FREYR.

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is a coalition of companies and trade associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors in the United States, and also includes investor-owned utilities, public power, independent power producers, project developers, equipment manufacturers, and environmental and energy market service providers. Established in 1992, the Council advocates for policies that expand the use of commercially-available clean energy technologies, products and services.

As a BCSE member, FREYR will also participate in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) that helps accelerate collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society to deliver on climate goals faster.

“The Council advocates for energy and environmental policies that promote markets for clean, efficient and sustainable energy products and services to meet the climate challenges of today,” said Lisa Jacobson, BCSE President. “With FREYR, we are getting a member who fits right in by being in the forefront of sustainable energy transformation.”

FREYR plans to develop up to 43 GWh of battery cell production capacity by 2025 with an ambition of up to 83 GWh in total capacity by 2028 to position the company as one of Europe’s largest battery cell suppliers. Five of the facilities are planned to be in the Mo i Rana industrial complex in Northern Norway, leveraging Norway’s highly skilled workforce and abundant, low-cost renewable energy sources from hydro and wind in a crisp, clear, and energized environment. FREYR aims to supply safe, high-energy density and cost competitive clean battery cells to the rapidly growing global markets for electric vehicles, energy storage, and marine applications. FREYR is committed to supporting cluster-based R&D initiatives and the development of an international ecosystem of scientific, commercial, and financial stakeholders to support the expansion of the battery value chain. For more information, please visit www.freyrbattery.com

FREYR Media contact:

Katrin Berntsen
Vice President, Communication and Public Affairs
[email protected]
Tel: (+47) 9920 54 570

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NRG Energy joins the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (October 13, 2021)

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October 13, 2021

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NRG Energy joins the Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) announced a new member: NRG Energy, a Fortune 500 integrated power and consumer services company.

“It is fantastic to have NRG as a partner in our efforts to educate and advocate for sustainable energy solutions, as Congress and President Biden work to secure our energy future,” said Emily Duncan, BCSE Chairman of the Board and head of the Washington office for National Grid US.

“The call to decarbonize our economy is expanding. NRG has a long-standing commitment to reducing carbon emissions and remains focused towards achieving a net-zero emissions goal by 2050,” said Robert Gaudette, Senior Vice President of NRG Energy, Inc. “This is a key time to be part of the national policy discussion to advance clean energy’s progress. We look forward to joining the conversation as part of the BCSE and continuing to support our customers and local communities with sustainable energy solutions today and into the future.”

“Energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy are complementary elements of America’s energy system and are pillars of our economy today,” said Lisa Jacobson, BCSE President. “We are glad to have NRG joining our coalition. Mr. Gaudette will be a featured speaker at our annual membership meeting, sharing his insights as the manager of the largest B2B retail gas and power platform and one of the top three largest providers of demand response in North America.”

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BCSE Comments on FERC Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Transmission Issues (October 12, 2021)

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October 12, 2021

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BCSE Comments on FERC Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Transmission Issues

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on their Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Building for the Future Through Electric Regional Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation and Generator Interconnection.

“BCSE supports FERC taking action to address electric transmission planning, cost allocation and generator interconnection processes, and encourages FERC to approach this review process in a holistic manner,” said BCSE President Lisa Jacobson. “In light of the ongoing transformation of the energy industry, successful transmission planning processes will support system reliability and resilience, grid modernization and emissions reductions and other environmental objectives, and maintain the benefits of competitive markets.”

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BCSE Calls for Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package & Clean Energy Support in Reconciliation (September 27, 2021)

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September 27, 2021

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BCSE Calls for Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package & Clean Energy Support in Reconciliation 

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) sent a letter calling on Congress to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and ensure that more clean energy and energy efficiency provisions move through the budget reconciliation process. 

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson said: 

“Congress has done admirable bipartisan work on an infrastructure package that lays the groundwork for the continued clean energy transition in America. Any delay in enacting these policies holds back business decisions that will create jobs, expand the economy and enhance our competitiveness in international markets. BCSE calls on Congress to see their work through on infrastructure as soon as possible. 

“Congress can do more to ensure an affordable, equitable and resilient clean energy transition, and our coalition sees very productive measures under discussion for inclusion in budget reconciliation legislation. We offer our input on the most important provisions to include, as well as directions for further work, in this letter to congressional leaders.” 

See more of the BCSE’s specific policy recommendations in the letter, and the BCSE’s platform on infrastructure policy at bcse.org/infrastructure. 

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BCSE Statement on U.S. Pledge to Double International Climate Finance by 2024 (September 21, 2021)

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September 21, 2021

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BCSE Statement on U.S. Pledge to Double International Climate Finance by 2024
Statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson

“The BCSE commends President Biden’s pledge before the UN General Assembly today to redouble the U.S. contribution to international climate finance.

“We must make sure that our investments at home and abroad will help us achieve our mitigation goals, enable a sustainable economic recovery and strengthen resilience against the impacts of climate change.

“The BCSE supports the United States’ renewed financial commitment to international development and climate protection. These investments will increase opportunities for U.S. companies to deploy American clean energy and climate solutions around the world, supporting new jobs and technology innovation.”

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House Markups Continue Momentum for Transformative Clean Energy Policy (September 16, 2021)

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September 16, 2021

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House Markups Continue Momentum for Transformative Clean Energy Policy

Statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson

“Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced key measures for America’s clean energy future. Among the important actions are extensions of clean energy and energy efficiency tax credits into the 2030s. This means projects with longer development cycles will be able to move forward with more certainty. The bill also expands eligible technologies in a number of important areas and provides “direct pay,” easing the ability to utilize the credits.

“The tax policies are complemented by many clean energy and energy efficiency related provisions coming out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s mark-up. Clean energy and energy efficiency policies provide strong benefits to homeowners, consumers and businesses, encouraging them to invest in best-in-class technologies and can help create millions of good paying U.S. jobs.

“The actions in the House this week mark important steps to support an equitable, reliable and sustainable energy transition.  BCSE looks forward to sharing its feedback on the legislation and working with Congress and the Biden Administration as they continue to develop the reconciliation legislation.”

Learn more about the Business Council for Sustainable Energy’s call for transformative clean energy and energy efficiency policy at bcse.org/infrastructure.

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Lays Foundation for Sustainable Energy in America (August 10, 2021)

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August 10, 2021

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Lays Foundation for Sustainable Energy in America

Statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson

“Today’s Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure deal lays an important foundation for the clean energy transition in the United States. The legislation combines funding with important new programs that will let states and communities accelerate their work towards a clean energy future. BCSE is hopeful that the House will move quickly to approve these policies, so that work on the ground can get underway across America. The clean energy sectors are ready to serve this demand, create jobs and bring America’s energy infrastructure into the 21st century.

“The bipartisan infrastructure deal is necessary, but more is needed to align the American energy system with the transformation called for by the scientific community. BCSE was pleased to see release of Senate outline of the budget resolution yesterday, which includes further policy support for a clean energy deployment. As that bill progresses through the legislative process, policymakers should keep the findings of this week’s IPCC report top of mind, as well as the many economic and social gains to be made through investments in clean energy: hundreds of thousands of new jobs, more resilient and reliable critical services, and a more competitive economy.”

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