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Supreme Court Decision on Greenhouse Gas Regulation Creates Heightened Urgency for Congressional Action on Climate Change Policy (June 30, 2022)

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June 30, 2022

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Supreme Court Decision on Greenhouse Gas Regulation Creates Heightened Urgency for Congressional Action on Climate Change Policy

Washington, D.C. – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) president Lisa Jacobson offered the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision limiting EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act must be an urgent call to Congress to enact national policies to address climate change.

“An essential first step is to enact the climate and clean energy tax provisions pending under budget reconciliation proposals. Congress must then work to develop additional policies that will achieve the emissions reduction levels needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to improve the resilience and reliability of the U.S. energy system. We cannot afford to delay, as the nation faces increasingly severe and costly climate-related disasters.

“While the technologies are available today to make significant emissions reductions now, Congressional action is essential to achieving lasting, durable action on climate change. This action is vital for national security as well as demonstrating U.S. leadership to raise ambition levels in other countries.

“The private sector is making record-level investments in the clean energy transition, but a predictable and long-term national policy framework is needed to support accelerated and expanded deployment.”

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Clean Energy Jobs Continue to Rebound in 2021, Recovering Nearly 75 Percent of Jobs Lost During Pandemic (June 29, 2022)

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June 29, 2022

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Clean Energy Jobs Continue to Rebound in 2021, Recovering Nearly 75 Percent of Jobs Lost During Pandemic

Washington, D.C. – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) president Lisa Jacobson offered the following statement in response to the release of the 2022 U.S. Energy & Employment Report (USEER):

“The rebound of clean energy jobs in 2021 is part of the overall U.S. economic recovery and shows strong demand for clean energy technologies, products and services.

“Despite supply chain challenges and trade disruptions, clean energy sectors support over 3.2 million jobs and have the potential for significant expansion.”

The USEER shows that nearly 75 percent of clean energy jobs lost during the severe lockdowns of the pandemic in 2020 have been restored. This outpaced job growth in other energy sectors.  Energy efficiency jobs were the largest segment of the clean energy workforce prior to the pandemic and continued that trend in 2021, representing 2.1 million jobs.

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Leveraging Technology for Resilience and Decarbonization to be Focus of Today’s Inaugural Federal Sustainability Solutions Forum (June 28, 2022)

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June 28, 2022

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Leveraging Technology for Resilience and Decarbonization to be Focus of Today’s Inaugural Federal Sustainability Solutions Forum

Washington, DC – Today, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and the Digital Climate Alliance (DCA) will host the first Federal Sustainability Solutions Forum in Washington, DC. The Forum will convene senior U.S. government officials and private sector executives to discuss ways to invest, scale, and deploy readily available technologies to strengthen the sustainability, resiliency, and security of the U.S. government and its installations.

As the U.S. federal government will be implementing a range of Executive Orders focused on improving the sustainability and resilience of government buildings and energy infrastructure assets, this Forum will review several of the major executive actions and share public-private partnership models to help the federal government achieve its objectives.

“We see tremendous opportunity to advance towards our collective sustainability goals – economic, energy resilience and security and climate change – through the leadership of the U.S. federal government and its purchasing power. It is a “no regrets step” to harness the innovation and existing technology solutions of U.S. companies, such as the ones involved at today’s Forum, to keep the United States in a leadership position,” commented Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

“The United States is at a critical point to mitigate the impacts of climate change. As climate extremes are impacting families and businesses across the U.S., we need national-scale solutions,” offered Tom Lawler, Executive Director, Digital Climate Alliance. “This Forum will bring together experts to explore opportunities to advance innovation by the private sector, harness the market power of the federal government, and spur their collective ambition to accelerate decarbonization and drive economic growth.”

“Solving major global challenges like climate change and aggressive carbon emission reduction goals requires courage, collaboration, innovation and action, and the urgency grows with each passing day,” said Donny Simmons, President, Commercial HVAC Americas, Trane Technologies. “From industry and sector leaders in the built environment to federal and local governments to world leaders – we all must do our part. The good news is that decarbonization solutions for the built environment exist today that, if implemented at scale, could bend the curve on climate change. Working together with the U.S. federal government and other policy leaders, we can accelerate clean technologies and bolster the adoption of more energy efficient solutions that will create a better future for us all.”

“Schneider Electric is proud to lend our support and insights to this important dialogue. We believe the U.S. federal government can lead the rapid deployment of clean energy solutions and digital technologies that will not only make our country more sustainable, but also make us more resilient, more energy independent and more secure,” said Annette Clayton, CEO, Schneider Electric North America.

Please see the event program for additional details.

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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, 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. For the latest industry data, download the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.

The Digital Climate Alliance (DCA) is a first-of-its-kind coalition of leading global companies with the purpose of informing public policy regarding the role digitalization can play as an enabler of climate solutions.

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BCSE Welcomes Odinakachukwu N.K. Ezeobele, 2022 Jan Schori Summer Fellow (June 22, 2022)

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June 22, 2022

Contact: Laura Tierney
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BCSE Welcomes Odinakachukwu N.K. Ezeobele, 2022 Jan Schori Summer Fellow

Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) welcomes Odinakachukwu “N.K.” Ezeobele as the 2022 Jan Schori Summer Fellow.

Ms. Ezeobele is an Executive MPA candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, where her focus is on International Economic Policy and Sustainability. Before SIPA, N.K. worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria, in audit, management consulting, investment advisory, and transaction services. She was the Vice President of Finance at Releaf Nigeria, an Agri-tech startup where she led and supported capital raising.

Ms. Ezeobele’s work as a BCSE fellow will focus on adaptation and finance in the realm of the international negotiations on climate change.  BCSE President Lisa Jacobson commented on the importance of this work to the coalition’s international objectives:

“Ms. Ezeobele’s experience in the energy and investment sectors in Nigeria, and current interests in public policy, will contribute to the BCSE’s ability to bring private sector as partners into the UN process.

“Understanding how clean energy businesses can best partner with governments to address adaptation and finance priorities of developing countries, and specifically Africa in the UN process, will be important to making the upcoming COP 27 in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt in November a success.”

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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, 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.  For more information on the Council, please visit www.bcse.org. For the latest industry data, download the 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.

The Fellowship was established in 2008 to honor Jan Schori upon her retirement as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the nation’s sixth largest publicly owned electric utility. Ms. Schori also served as the chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy’s Board of Directors. During her 14-year tenure as CEO, the utility earned a strong reputation for its renewable energy and energy efficiency programs as well as the national number one ranking in commercial customer satisfaction by JD Power & Associates.  Prior to serving as CEO she spent 15 years on the legal staff at SMUD, the last 5 as general counsel.

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BCSE Statement on Submission to SEC on Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors (June 17, 2022)

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June 17, 2022

Contact: Laura Tierney
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BCSE Statement on Submission to SEC on Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors

Washington, D.C. – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) submitted comments today to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to the enhancement and standardization of climate-related disclosures for investors.

In the submission, BCSE expressed its support of the SEC’s focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and climate-related disclosures, as well as for the SEC’s utilization of existing reporting frameworks.

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson commented further:

“The BCSE believes that the best approach forward on climate-related reporting is one that is created in consultation with the private sector, built on established systems, and able to evolve in a rapidly changing field.

“The SEC’s focus in the areas of ESG and climate-related disclosures can improve data collection and dissemination of information in a standardized way that will aid investors in making decisions. ESG, and specifically climate-related disclosures, are best determined in collaboration between registrants and investors. They also should be flexible, sector-specific, and principles-based.”

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BCSE Statement on Biden Administration’s Executive Actions to Accelerate Domestic Clean Energy Manufacturing (June 6, 2022)

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May 6, 2022

Contact: Laura Tierney
E-mail: [email protected]
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BCSE Statement on Biden Administration’s Executive
Actions to Accelerate Domestic Clean Energy Manufacturing

Washington, D.C. – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement today in response to the Biden Administration’s executive actions to support domestic clean energy manufacturing.

“The BCSE commends the Biden Administration for its decision to use executive action to provide a two-year safe harbor period whereby any potential new duties on solar products would be suspended. This action provides needed certainty to the market as the Auxin inquiry continues.

“The decision today will help to reverse a significant slowdown in solar deployment this year, at a time when the solar industry can play a critical role in supporting the reliability of the electric grid, lowering consumer energy bills, and employing hundreds of thousands of American workers.

“With regard to the authorization of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to spur more domestic manufacturing of clean energy technologies, it will be critical that industry be engaged with the Department of Energy as it considers any DPA related actions.”

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The BCSE is Hiring: Communications Manager

BCSE Communications Manager Position

About the BCSE

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. Established in 1992, the Council advocates for policies that expand the use of commercially available clean energy technologies, products and services.

The coalition’s diverse business membership is united around the revitalization of our economy and creation of a secure, inclusive and sustainable energy future for America. For more information on the Council, please visit www.bcse.org. For the latest industry data, download the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.

About the Communications Manager Position

This position will work as part of the BCSE team on external communications, event planning, policy research and day-to-day administrative tasks. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

We are looking for a talented, detail-oriented communicator who can work as part of a small team that is dedicated to advancing policies that will accelerate the pace of the energy transition in the United States. The ideal candidate will be an effective and energetic communicator, have excellent writing skills and media relations experience, knowledge of the energy industry and legislative/regulatory processes are a plus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain day-to-day social media presence and manage social media accounts
  • Write, edit and proofread a variety of content – including press releases, policy statements, op-eds, newsletters, blogs and other reports
  • Manage BCSE’s press list, pitch media and serve as a point of contact for incoming press inquiries
  • Monitor industry and member news
  • Prepare and help execute BCSE events – including e-communications, registration, and logistics
  • Conduct research and analysis on legislative and regulatory policies impacting clean energy sectors
  • Assist with website maintenance and content management
  • Manage BCSE’s database – entry and upkeep

Qualifications

Qualified candidates should have experience in external communications including social media and interest in business, energy, environment or political advocacy.

Candidates should also have:

  • Strong professional writing and research skills – including attention to detail, grammar and organization of thoughts
  • Ability to communicate in a corporate and professional manner – both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated social media savvy and understanding, ability to utilize Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Event planning experience
  • Media relations experience
  • Familiarity or experience with business coalitions, energy sector, legislative, and executive branch of government operations or public relations
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Canva, Constant Contact or other e-marketing and event platforms
  • A willingness to chip in and eagerness to learn about all aspects of the operations of a clean energy business coalition
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • An undergraduate degree and at least 2-5 years working experience in related fields

BCSE Issue Areas

The BCSE advocates for policies to advance the growth and deployment of clean energy in the United States and abroad; and is a member-driven, policy-focused trade association. Current federal issues areas of focus include energy, tax, infrastructure, appropriations and climate change policy.

At the international level, the Council works on multi-lateral cooperative efforts on clean energy and climate change, including technology promotion, investment, finance, and trade.

Compensation

This position is a full-time position, with an annual salary in the range of $45,000 - $60,000 annually based on qualifications. BCSE offers paid annual leave and participation in its 401K retirement program, among other benefits.

Application Process

Please send a cover letter and résumé to the BCSE general email account ([email protected]) with the Subject Line “Communications Manager Position.”

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, with an expected start day as soon as a qualified candidate is identified.

BCSE is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Diversity among our employees supports more creative and impactful work at the BCSE.

Clean Energy Businesses Call on Congressional Leadership and President Biden to Act Quickly on Clean Energy Tax Measures (May 4, 2022)

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May 4, 2022

Contacts:

Laura Tierney, [email protected], Tel: 202-785-0507, ext. 1507
Andy Barnes, [email protected], Tel: 202-785-0507, ext. 1503


Clean Energy Businesses Call on Congressional Leadership and President Biden to Act Quickly on Clean Energy Tax Measures

Washington, D.C. – The Presidents of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) sent letters today to members of the House and Senate Leadership and to President Biden urging them to reach agreement by Memorial Day and enact into law prior to the August recess, a budget reconciliation package with robust and transformative climate change policies and clean energy, sustainable transportation and energy efficiency tax measures.

“While there is no one solution to the challenges presented to us by the pandemic, near-term disruptions to the global economy, and increasing impacts of climate change – it is time that both Congress and the Administration move forward to secure our country’s future. Advancing clean energy and energy efficiency tax measures as part of the budget reconciliation package is a necessary step if we are to ensure continued development and deployment of sustainable energy resources in the United States that are efficient, low-carbon and resilient,” remarked BCSE President Lisa Jacobson.

Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network, added, “We strongly urge Congressional leaders and the Administration to prioritize passage of a clean energy tax package this month. Pushing this bill over the finish line would be an inflection point for the deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and be an important win for national security, global competitiveness, and jobs in communities across the country.”

View the BCSE-CEBN letters to Congressional Leadership and President Biden.

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Media Advisory: Briefing on April 25: 2022 Minnesota Energy Factsheet Release (April 20, 2022)

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April 20, 2022

 

Briefing on April 25: 2022 Minnesota Energy Factsheet Release

Minnesota’s clean energy industry shows perseverance and continuing progress through 2021

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The 2022 Minnesota Energy Factsheet, which presents the latest data on the progress of the clean energy economy in the state, will be released on April 25. Highlights from this year’s Factsheet show that the industry continued to grow in 2021, despite a challenging year. Minnesota’s clean energy industry is critical to the state reaching its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. The 2022 Factsheet will show how the industry demonstrated its resilience, and its future performance will continue to improve with smart policy and investments.

Embargo Opportunity

Members of the media who would like to preview the 2022 Minnesota Energy Factsheet and press release may request embargoed copies from Tiffanie Connelly ([email protected]) or Laura Tierney ([email protected]). The embargo will lift at 12:01 am CDT on April 25.

Release Event

An expert panel will present on the findings and take questions at 12:00 pm CDT on April 25. Register here to attend this virtual briefing.

Speakers include:

  • Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, BloombergNEF
  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Gregg Mast, Executive Director, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota
  • Virginia Mooty Rutter, Director of Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota
  • Andy Kim, President, EVS, Inc.
  • Liz Lachowitzer, Senior Business Development Manager, Mortenson
  • Kevin Lee, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Becky Wacker, Area General Manager, Trane Technologies

The Minnesota Energy Factsheet is a companion to the 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, which has 50 data visualizations that highlight the status of sustainable energy in the U.S. weaving together important market and investment dynamics, technology trends and policy developments. Both resources are commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), with research by BloombergNEF. The Minnesota Factsheet is made possible with the support of McKnight Foundation.

Contacts:

Tiffanie Connelly, CEEM, [email protected], Cell: 320.260.8370
Laura Tierney, BCSE, [email protected], Cell: 202.489.3436

BCSE Statement on IPCC AR-6 Working Group III Report on Mitigation of Climate Change (April 5, 2022)

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April 5, 2022

Contact: Chloe Ashford
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202.785.0507 ext. 1512

BCSE Statement on IPCC AR-6 Working Group III Report on Mitigation of Climate Change

Washington, D.C. – In response to the April 4 release by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the Sixth Assessment Report Working Group III report Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson issued the following statement:

“With this latest IPCC report, we find ourselves receiving yet another clarion call to act from the scientific community and accelerate the deployment of clean energy solutions. We know we can do this because renewable energy technologies are now cost competitive in many regions, and technology prices continue to fall. The markets for battery storage, hydrogen, sustainable transportation and other decarbonization technologies are expanding.

“Policies have played a critical role in advancing this energy transition.  We call on the U.S. Congress to enact clean energy and energy efficiency tax measures that will place the U.S. economy in a position to lead the global energy transition.”

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