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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
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 202.785.0507 ext. 1507


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.”

Download the BCSE’s submission to the SEC.

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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]
Tel: 202-785-0507, ext. 1507


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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What Industry Executives are Saying about the 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook (March 4, 2022)

WHAT INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES ARE SAYING

About the 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook and Clean Energy’s Progress in 2021

March 4, 2022 - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and BloombergNEF recently released the tenth edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.  It is available for free to download at: https://www.bcse.org/factbook. The Factbook provides a comprehensive look at the progress of clean energy - energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy – in the United States, providing both year-on-year and decade-long statistics.

Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council

“The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook shows us that the clean energy economy with renewable electricity, gas, and heat is strong and further growth is within our grasp if we can muster the political will to support its growth in the United States.”

Heather Zichal, Chief Executive Officer, American Clean Power Association

“Surpassing over 200 gigawatts of utility-scale clean energy is a significant milestone for the United States and shows that we can achieve even more with strong public policy support for the industry. However, although the U.S. has reached this incredible achievement, more needs to be done, at a faster pace, to reach the climate goals and targets our country needs to achieve. We urge Congress to take action to create a clean energy future that will help create more good-paying American jobs and combat the climate crisis.”

Paula Glover, President, Alliance to Save Energy

“What the facts show is that even despite an economic downturn, energy efficiency continues to be the top clean energy jobs creator with 2.1 million jobs in every state in the country, the most effective solution for decarbonization as we address climate change, and the greatest tool for reducing energy costs here at home at a time when prices are on the rise. Energy productivity has surged 16.1% over the past decade, setting us up for a cleaner and more equitable energy future. But we won’t get there without doubling down on efficiency investments now to meet the considerable challenges on our doorstep. Efficiency is ready to meet this moment.”

Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network

“With last year’s record-breaking investments in clean energy and unprecedented deployment of clean generation, storage, and electric vehicles, the 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook demonstrates that momentum for our sector has never been stronger. Small businesses are playing critical roles in these efforts to push sustainable energy forward. However, with the uptick in emissions, it’s clear we need to accelerate deployment, investment, and innovation across a suite of clean energy technologies.”

Miranda Ballentine, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Buyers Association

“The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook trends highlight the accelerating pace of energy customer action and commitment to clean energy and decarbonization. Energy customers are going beyond procuring clean energy, advocating for cross-cutting clean energy policy, social impact, and true carbon-free solutions.”

Marisa Buchanan, Global Head of Sustainability, JPMorgan Chase

“The 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook shows a rise in the demand for and development of renewable technologies that are playing a critical role in the transition to a lower-carbon economy. At JPMorgan Chase, we are committed to doing our part to facilitate this transition by accelerating green financing while simultaneously supporting emission reductions in carbon intensive sectors.”

Bob Hinkle, President & CEO, Metrus Energy

"The growing number of corporate GHG reduction commitments clearly shows there’s no turning back from the march to net zero. The timing of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook release, coupled with the most recent IPCC report, also shows that even though 2021 was a record year for climate-positive investments, we need to find new ways to start implementing more sustainable energy projects on the ground now."

Emily Duncan, Vice President, Federal Government Relations, National Grid and Chairman, BCSE Board of Directors

“As Chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, I am incredibly proud of the work of the coalition to produce this one-of-a-kind resource. When BCSE started the Factbook project in partnership with BloombergNEF 10 years ago, BCSE members understood that a dramatic transformation was underway. We wanted to create a resource for policymakers and the public that told a holistic story, based on facts. A decade later, this work is more relevant than ever as energy and sustainability take center stage. The Factbook is a testament to how far our industries have come, and is a harbinger for future growth.”

Lisa Larroque Alexander, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sempra

 “Each year, the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook provides vital insights about the progress and speed at which the global energy transition is accelerating, and where investment opportunities are needed to advance electrification and decarbonization. America is well on the path to securing its position as a leader in the energy transition through significant public and private investment across all sectors of our economy. Investment in energy transition assets in the U.S. increased 70% over the last five years, and Sempra is proud to help drive that growth. Today, we are more committed than ever to advancing electrification and decarbonization and investing in the critical infrastructure that will allow us to deliver increasingly cleaner energy to our nearly 40 million consumers across North America.”

Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd

"The significant upwards trends of renewable energy, high-value energy efficiency, and energy storage -- strengthen US critical infrastructure against fuel supply changes & disruptions from global polical events, pandemic and health occurrences, a faulty and aging electricity grid, and from extreme weather and climate change impacts – all good news for American consumers and the US economy!"

Dan Whitten, Vice President, Public Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association

“The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook by BCSE and BloombergNEF has been a great barometer over this last decade, not just of energy data, but also of changing conditions in energy markets. The 2022 edition showed in very clear terms how much we have grown as energy sectors and where we need to go to reach urgent clean energy and climate goals.”

Scott Tew, Vice President, Sustainability, and Managing Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Trane Technologies

“Buildings consume 40 percent of the nation’s energy; one of our greatest opportunities to reduce that consumption is to focus not only on new building construction but also on existing buildings. Critical solutions include strategic electrification, digital energy management and focusing on the total energy performance of a building.”

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Clean Energy Industries Underscore COP 26 Focus on Implementation (November 13, 2021)

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November 13, 2021

Contact: Laura Tierney
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 202-489-3436

Clean Energy Industries Underscore COP 26 Focus on Implementation
BCSE Commends Completion of Paris Rulebook and Turns its Focus on Public Private Partnerships

 Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement by its President Lisa Jacobson at the close of the Twenty-Sixth Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

“The take-home message of COP 26 is that it is going to take a whole-of-society approach to implement actions to keep 1.5 degrees Celsius by mid-century within reach. A key partner in that effort is the private sector – we know that countries can continue to raise their ambition on climate because we have in hand clean energy technologies that are cost-effective and readily deployable.

“At COP 26, we saw an unprecedented level of engagement from the private sector, including the BCSE’s largest delegation to date.  Over the course of the two-week conference, we saw significant announcements by the U.S. government and new pledges by both the private and public sector in the areas of finance, transportation, methane management and clean electric grids.

“COP 26 delivered on several key objectives, including reaching agreement on the unfinished pieces of the Paris Rulebook – specifically transparency and carbon markets. Adoption of the guidance for Article 6 was particularly important so that emissions trading, a cost-effective tool for achieving our climate ambitions, can be deployed globally and with environmental integrity.

“The Glasgow Climate Pact will serve to keep countries accountable through this critical decade for implementation and will also continue to pressure countries to ratchet up ambition.

“There is no reason to waste any more time – we have a broad portfolio of readily-available and affordable clean energy and energy efficiency solutions that can deliver greenhouse gas emissions reductions now and strengthen the resilience of our communities against the impacts of climate change.”

Find out more about the BCSE’s COP 26 delegation and events here: bcse.org/cop26.

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Business Views on Raising Ambition at COP 26 and Investing in Climate Solutions (November 6, 2021)

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November 6, 2021

Contact: Laura Tierney
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 202-489-3436

Business Views on Raising Ambition at COP 26 and Investing in Climate Solutions

Glasgow, Scotland –  At the midpoint of COP 26, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) hosted a press conference on “Business Views on Raising Ambition and Investing in Climate Solutions,” to offer the clean energy sector’s perspective on the progress at COP 26 and the urgency of translating momentum into implementation and deployment.

Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

“We are energized by the U.S. House of Representatives passage the bipartisan infrastructure bill last night and encourage Members of Congress in both chambers to move forward the Build Back Better legislation swiftly to a similar completion.  Investing in our infrastructure is critical for the modernization and advancement of a clean energy economy that will meet the challenges of the 21st century including climate change.

“To echo the dominant theme here at COP 26 – there is no time to waste – and we have a readily-available, affordable and broad portfolio of clean energy and energy efficiency solutions that can deliver greenhouse gas emissions reductions now and strengthen the resilience of our communities against the impact of climate change.

“At COP 26, we want countries to know that they can raise their climate ambition because we have technologies to help them achieve that ambition.  The BCSE also calls on countries to complete the negotiations on Article 6, so that emissions trading, a cost-effective tool for achieving our climate ambitions, can be deployed globally and with environmental integrity.”

Brian Wolff, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute

“The power sector is poised to continue to lead carbon reductions globally and accelerate the clean energy transition.  EEI commends Congress on passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and we need to move quickly to pass the Build Back Better legislation. There is no time to waste and we need these policies now to accelerate to a net zero economy.”

Tanya Peacock, Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy, Bloom Energy

“The essential role of reliable, resilient and affordable energy has never been more evident – it has played an essential role as the world adapted to the disruption of COVID-19 and its importance has only been further underscored by the fallout from recent extreme weather events and wildfires across the globe.”

Nanette Lockwood, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Advocacy, Trane Technologies

“Trane Technologies’ commitment to decarbonizing buildings and refrigerated transport has resulted in significant product and system-level innovation around energy efficiency, electrification, digitalization, and low GWP refrigerants.”

For more information:

Watch the press conference on demand here.

Find out more about the BCSE’s delegation and events here: bcse.org/cop26.

Download the press release.

Media Advisory: COP 26 Press Conference: Business Views on Raising Ambition and Investing in Climate Solutions (November 5, 2021)

MEDIA ADVISORY

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November 5, 2021

Contact: Julia Selker
Email: [email protected]

Cell: 541-908-5792


COP 26 Press Conference: Business Views on Raising Ambition and Investing in Climate Solutions

When: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM GMT/ 7:00 - 7:30 AM ET
Where: Press Conference Room Durdle Door, Area D - Ground Floor, Blue Zone, Scottish Exposition Center, COP 26, Glasgow
Watch: Livestream on UNFCCC website (also available on demand).

Speakers:

  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Tanya Peacock, Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy, Bloom Energy
  • Brian Wolff, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
  • Duncan Burt, Chief Sustainability Officer, National Grid
  • Nanette Lockwood, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Advocacy, Trane Technologies

Find out more about the BCSE’s delegation and events here: bcse.org/cop26 or contact Laura Tierney, BCSE in Glasgow at [email protected].

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