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IPCC Report Demonstrates Urgent Need for Scaled Up Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency (August 9, 2021)

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August 9, 2021

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IPCC Report Demonstrates Urgent Need for Scaled Up Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency

Statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson

“Since the last IPCC Physical Science Basis report was released in 2013, scientists have made significant progress on measuring and projecting the impacts of climate change. The sixth edition released today shows that we have a very small window of opportunity to stop global climate change at 1.5C of warming. It reinforces that 2C or more of warming would be exponentially worse for our planet and civilization.

”U.S. energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy businesses are dedicated to enabling the necessary energy transition with clean energy and energy efficiency technologies that support an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system. Congress and President Biden must enact federal policy to drive this transition on the timeline called for by the scientific community in this report – starting with the bipartisan infrastructure framework.”

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Clean Energy Business Coalition Urges Adoption of Energy Infrastructure Act and More (July 8, 2021)

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July 8, 2021

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Clean Energy Business Coalition Urges Adoption of Energy Infrastructure Act and More

Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released a letter today urging Congress to enact the Energy Infrastructure Act, authored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as a first step to addressing energy infrastructure needs. The legislation, as outlined in a discussion draft released in late June, is expected to provide the framework for the energy title of the larger bipartisan infrastructure bill that is currently being negotiated.

Lisa Jacobson, President of BCSE, made the following statement upon release of the coalition’s letter to Congress.

“The BCSE is pleased to see Senator Manchin take a technology-inclusive approach in his Energy Infrastructure Act discussion draft. Clean energy and energy efficiency drive a competitive economy, and the measures under consideration would create jobs and support American industry and prosperity.

“America needs modern energy infrastructure to maintain industrial leadership and to protect homes and businesses from more intense and frequent extreme weather. Additional policies are needed to expand the use of energy efficiency and clean energy solutions in our businesses, homes, and state and federal facilities such as schools, public housing, and military bases.

“The BCSE calls on Congress to secure the future and enact transformative policy this year. Federal energy policy must recognize the value of clean energy and energy efficiency to the competitiveness of our economy and workforce, and our ability to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

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Clean Energy Coalition Contributes to Securities and Exchange Commission Work on ESG Disclosures (June 14, 2021)

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June 14, 2021

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Clean Energy Coalition Contributes to Securities and Exchange Commission Work on ESG Disclosures

Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) submitted comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to their Request for Public Input on Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) and climate change disclosures.

“ESG disclosure is top of mind for many investors, especially in the energy sector,” said BCSE President Lisa Jacobson. “The BCSE applauds the leadership of the SEC in working to develop standards for ESG and climate disclosures, and for seeking stakeholder input. The development of transparent and actionable reporting methodologies will help investors make informed decisions and help more companies begin to actively report on ESG and climate change risks to investors. BCSE members have deep experience with ESG and climate change-related disclosures and appreciate the opportunity to share input as the SEC develops its approach.”

For additional detail, please see the BCSE’s input to the SEC here.

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President Biden Releases Budget Request to Congress: Statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson (May 28, 2021)

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May 28, 2021

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President Biden Releases Budget Request to Congress
Statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson

“President Biden’s budget places climate change mitigation and energy resilience at its core. The provisions for energy sector investment, technology research, development and deployment and sustainable transportation build on successful policy tools that created today’s thriving American clean energy sector and brought power sector emissions down 50% since 2005. U.S. clean energy industries can deliver on President Biden’s goals and create well-paying American jobs. We call on Congress to move forward on appropriations in a bipartisan manner to accelerate the clean energy transformation.”

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BRIC Funding Will Lead to Critical Local Resilience Investment (May 26, 2021)

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May 26, 2021

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BRIC Funding Will Lead to Critical Local Resilience Investment

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, President Biden announced $1 billion in FY 2021 funding will be directed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency toward the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. BRIC provides grants to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to invest in pre-disaster mitigation.

In the first year of the BRIC program, FEMA made $500 million available to the program and received $3.6 billion in requests. The top three categories of requests in 2020 were related to flood mitigation, utility and infrastructure protection and building retrofits.

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson offered the following statement in response:

“The increased funding for the BRIC program will enable more communities to protect themselves against extreme weather events that are becoming increasingly regular. Investing in the resilience of our infrastructure, including the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings and the operations of our utilities, will save lives. Local governments know what investments are needed, and the expanded BRIC program will enable the accelerated deployment of sustainable investments to better withstand extreme events.”

The BCSE and its members – from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors - have been supporters of the BRIC program since its design and inception in 2018 and are continuing to work with local governments to enhance resilience and deploy and implement hazard mitigation solutions.

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The President’s View: Good News Today and Good Work Ahead

Spring comes a month early on the clean energy calendar, with the release of the 2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook in February. BCSE and BloombergNEF have produced this resource for nine years, but never with the levels of disruption and uncertainty that we experienced in 2020.

Before we started on the Factbook research, we were prepared for bad news. Even though clean energy was coming out of a decade of sustained growth, and urgency for climate action is at an all-time high, it was hard to believe that the industries would be able to continue their expansion during the pandemic.

As we worked, however, the numbers added up to record years for renewable energy development and liquid natural gas exports. While residential energy efficiency was held back by COVID-19 precautions, commercial buildings covered by energy efficiency and disclosure policies increased. Electric, fuel-cell and natural gas vehicle sales all stayed steady or grew, while gasoline vehicle sales fell sharply.

These results reflect the maturity of the clean energy industries, and unstoppable momentum for the energy transition. While our work is far from over, as we plan for the future we can recognize that the rubber has hit the road and we are flying forward.

There is real optimism in Washington, D.C. While the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change remain daunting, we are in a season of renewal that will underpin our efforts.

In the BCSE's latest newsletter, you’ll find highlights from BCSE’s outreach and events, our engagement on international diplomacy, and our work on state and federal policy to advance clean energy. We greatly appreciate the wide network of supporters and partners who help us do this work. I hope that you are feeling energized for the next steps towards America’s clean energy future.

Lisa Jacobson
President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Clean Energy Tax Policy is Bipartisan Opportunity for Jobs and Climate Action (May 26, 2021)

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May 26, 2021

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Clean Energy Tax Policy is Bipartisan Opportunity for Jobs and Climate Action

Washington, D.C. - The BCSE released a letter to Congressional leaders on tax policy, including the House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady and the Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, encouraging the pursuit of bipartisan measures to support the deployment of a diverse portfolio of clean energy technologies.

“Today’s Senate Finance Committee markup on the Clean Energy for America Act is an opportunity for bipartisan work towards an updated and more effective tax policy for clean energy in America. Our members have seen the investment in clean energy wax and wane due to policy uncertainty over the past decade, and BCSE urges Congress to adopt technology-inclusive and long-term tax incentives to drive new clean energy jobs and accelerate the energy transition.  The strongest impact comes from tax policy that is in sync with industries’ investment and project development cycles.” commented BCSE President Lisa Jacobson.

For additional information, please see this recent op-ed, Tax policy helped power-sector emissions fall 40 percent, can do more, written by Ms. Jacobson, which articulates how tax policy has been a primary driver of the growth of the clean energy sector over the past decade, supported by the findings of the 2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.

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Brightmark, Carlisle Construction Materials, LLC and Tenaska Join the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (May 25, 2021)

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May 25, 2021

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Brightmark, Carlisle Construction Materials, LLC and Tenaska Join the Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Washington, D.C. – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is pleased to welcome the following new members:

  • Brightmark, based in San Francisco, CA, is a global waste solutions company with a mission to reimagine waste. The company takes a holistic, closed loop, circular economy approach to its business, through the deployment of disruptive, breakthrough waste-to-energy solutions focused on plastics renewal (plastic waste-to-fuel) and renewable natural gas (organic waste-to-fuel).
  • Carlisle Construction Materials LLC (CCM), headquartered in Carlisle, PA, is a diversified manufacturer and supplier of premium building products and related technologies for the commercial and residential construction markets. CCM supplies innovative and energy-efficient building products for commercial and residential markets.
  • Tenaska, based in Omaha, NE, is one of the leading independent energy companies in the United States. Tenaska has developed, managed and/or operated approximately 22 gigawatts (GW) of natural gas-fueled and renewable generation. Affiliates Tenaska Marketing Ventures and Tenaska Power Services are industry leaders in energy marketing.

“This is an exciting time to be growing our coalition. These new members are representative of the geographic, technological and business diversity of the clean energy economy in America that the BCSE represents,” said BCSE President Lisa Jacobson.

“Brightmark is excited to be working with BCSE, one of Washington, D.C.’s preeminent sustainable energy and energy efficiency organizations.  We recognize the benefits of working with an organization like BCSE as their focus aligns with our company’s goals on recycling organic and plastic waste,” said Bob Powell, CEO of Brightmark.

“On behalf of CCM, I look forward to working with the BCSE to achieve meaningful carbon emission reductions through sustainable building practices.  This partnership is the latest initiative in Carlisle’s commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG),” said Robert Reale, Director of Marketing Communications, Carlisle Construction Materials.

“Tenaska’s business aligns with the BCSE’s focus on advancing the deployment of a broad portfolio of clean energy solutions to meet our country’s energy needs. We look forward to bringing our diverse technology experience with solar, wind and energy storage – combined with the reliability of natural gas – to the BCSE, an established voice in policy discussions,” said Tenaska CEO and Vice Chairman Jerry Crouse.

“The addition of these new members strengthens our coalition as we advocate for practical, bipartisan policy to deploy affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for America,” noted Emily Duncan, BCSE Chairman of the Board and head of the Washington office for National Grid US.

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State of the Union Address Confirms Commitment to Clean Energy Future (April 29, 2021)

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April 28, 2021

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State of the Union Address Confirms Commitment to Clean Energy Future

Statement from Lisa Jacobson, BCSE President

“President Biden’s address to the joint houses of Congress reinforced his commitment to a rapid and affordable clean energy transition in the United States, which will create millions of good-paying jobs. The energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy industries already support over three million families across the country and have been among the fastest-growing jobs in past years.

“Clean energy careers are more than good paychecks. Our workforce supports critical services for every person in America. This work is the backbone of American industry. A modern energy system and a thriving clean energy industry, benefiting from the full portfolio of readily-available clean energy technologies, will help maintain American international competitiveness in the coming years.

“In his first 100 days, Mr. Biden has released a drumbeat of plans and commitments in support of clean energy – including funding for electric grid investments and a new U.S. nationally-determined contribution under the Paris Agreement in addition to the clean energy provisions in the American Jobs Plan. Together, these policy steps will help build an energy future for the United States that is secure, reliable, affordable and sustainable. The BCSE calls on Congress and President Biden to find bipartisan way forward to advance legislation that secures the clean energy and climate-friendly future that the American public already supports.”

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Federal Clean Energy Programs are Critical for Economic Recovery (April 28, 2021)

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April 28, 2021

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Federal Clean Energy Programs are Critical for Economic Recovery

Statement from Lisa Jacobson, BCSE President

“Clean energy and demand-side energy efficiency should be central to infrastructure improvement measures enacted in the 117th Congress, with a focus on climate resilience and improved public health and safety.  Our nation’s infrastructure is supported by robust funding for clean energy programs managed by federal agencies.

“The 2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook recently released by the BCSE and BloombergNEF shows that despite major headwinds brought about due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the transformation of how the U.S. produces, delivers, and consumes hydrocarbons, electrons and heat marched onward. This momentum has long been supported by federal programs, and the increased ambition for clean energy from the Biden Administration will require continued federal investment and coordination.

“Congress has the opportunity to build on market conditions by funding research, development and deployment across a broad portfolio of technologies and industries, including energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP), hydropower and marine energy, geothermal energy, wind, solar, energy storage, microgrids, carbon management and utilization, hydrogen, critical minerals, sustainable transportation and others to meet the need for grid reliability and safety, while boosting economic growth and reducing environmental damage.”

Find the full set of BCSE letters to members of the House Appropriations Committee at these links:

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