Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is a Historic First Step Towards Securing a Resilient Clean Energy Economy
BCSE & CEBN applaud Congress for passing major legislation to bolster clean energy and energy efficiency across the country
WASHINGTON, D.C. – BCSE President Lisa Jacobson and CEBN President Lynn Abramson released the joint-statement below following the House passing a procedural vote to consider the Build Back Better Act and passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA includes $80 billion in investments in power and grid infrastructure, energy efficiency, and advanced transportation.
BCSE President Lisa Jacobson commented, “The bipartisan infrastructure package will lay the foundation for a 21st century clean energy economy for years to come. We applaud Congress for these investments in the grid, efficiency, and transportation among others. This bill will not only support resilient infrastructure that powers our communities and moves our families but will also boost clean energy jobs across the country and help mitigate the impacts of climate change.
“BCSE also recognizes the progress legislators made today on the Build Back Better Act to open up debate on this legislation. We will continue to engage Members of Congress in both chambers as this legislation undergoes refinements and moves forward.”
CEBN President Lynn Abramson added, "As the small business voice for the clean energy economy, the Clean Energy Business Network applauds passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. This legislation will help drive down the cost of clean energy for businesses and consumers across the U.S. protect homes and businesses from extreme weather, and ensure U.S. leadership across crucial supply chains.”
BCSE and CEBN look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers as the Build Back Better Act progresses and evolves in both chambers to ensure this legislation generates well-paid jobs across the country, and creates a stronger, healthier, and more resilient future for our nation.
Corporate Executives Join Call for Greater Ambition and Action at Climate Week NYC and National Clean Energy Week
BCSE events to feature global corporate leaders
Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) will host two high-level events featuring clean energy and energy efficiency executives at Climate Week NYC (CWNYC) and National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) the week of September 20.
“The UN Secretary General called a ‘code red for humanity’ after the release of the latest IPCC report, and I have confidence that we can rise to the challenge of climate change,” said BCSE President Lisa Jacobson. “We have both the clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and the experienced corporate leadership to deploy these solutions already in hand. These two signature events – Climate Week NYC and National Clean Energy Week – are working to build political will for greater climate ambition.
“I am very pleased that BCSE will bring corporate voices – including the CEOs from Johnson Controls and Schneider Electric and Trane Technologies’ CTO – to these events, to share how their solutions that can advance us towards the goals of the Paris Agreement.
“Without national policies and international collaboration, however, these technologies will not be deployed fast enough to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. BCSE is working to educate policymakers on the need for transformative policy, and the multiple benefits that can be achieved.
“In the U.S., clean energy and energy efficiency business voices urge Congress and President Biden to continue to work together and advance the infrastructure and budget reconciliation legislation.
“To the global community on the road to COP 26, we call for increased collective ambition. Through partnership with the private sector and clear national policy signals, governments can accelerate the global clean energy transition by raising climate ambition.”
Achieving significant emissions reductions in the coming decade will be critical if the global community is to achieve its goal of keeping warming below 1. 5 ̊C and net-zero by 2050. The good news is that the clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and systems already exist to help further advance the energy transition.
This panel will focus on how existing solutions can deliver near-term emissions reductions to help countries meet more ambitious targets, and what innovative solutions are in the pipeline.
Host & Moderator: Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Many existing clean energy and energy efficiency solutions can deliver both mitigation and enhanced resilience against the impacts of climate change. Now is the time to re-invest strategically in technology solutions and systems that achieve both goals, as the impacts of a lack of climate action are already being felt with increasing incidences of wildfires, droughts, hurricanes and floods. Investing in communities and climate-smart infrastructure before a disaster delivers a significant return on investment. These types of solutions include on-site clean energy generation, microgrids, weatherization and other building efficiency measures and more.
This panel will make the case to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency and sustainability solutions that both enhance resilience and advance the transition towards the creation of net-zero economies.
Host & Moderator: Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Jason Burwen, Interim CEO, Energy Storage Association
Mark Feasel, President, Smart Grid North America, Schneider Electric
368 Business Leaders Call for Action on the Infrastructure Package Bipartisan Deal Seen as an Important First Step
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) delivered a letter this week to Senate leadership and the "Gang of 22" urging support for a bipartisan infrastructure package that includes the Energy Infrastructure Act. Signed by 368 clean energy business leaders and individuals, the letter calls on Congress to advance this legislation and other energy policies. Spearheaded by the CEBN and with support from its parent organization, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), the letter garnered support from cleantech CEOs, supply chain providers, entrepreneurs, and partners from across the clean energy economy.
The letter states, "Supporting the clean energy industry would create both immediate AND long-term benefits by generating well-paid manufacturing and construction jobs in every part of the country while creating a stronger, healthier, and more resilient future for our nation."
CEBN President Lynn Abramson added, "As the small business voice for the clean energy economy, the Clean Energy Business Network applauds this bipartisan effort. Small firms employ approximately 70 percent of workers in the clean energy sectors. Both as energy consumers and providers, small businesses will benefit from this legislation as a first step to addressing energy infrastructure needs, maintaining industrial leadership, and protecting homes and businesses from more extreme weather."
BCSE President Lisa Jacobson commented, “We know that clean energy and energy efficiency are cornerstones of a competitive economy, and the measures included in the bipartisan infrastructure package lay an essential foundation. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy 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.”
New U.S. NDC to Drive Accelerated Clean Energy Transformation
Washington, DC – Today’s announcement by U.S. President Joe Biden of the new nationally-determined contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement sets a goal for the United States to reduce economy-wide net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
In reaction, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) offer the following comments.
Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE):
“The new nationally-determined contribution sends a clear market signal for an accelerated clean energy transformation. This transformation will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create new economic opportunities and jobs.
“Clean energy businesses in the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors stand ready to work with the Administration and Congress and in coordination with state and local governments and communities to achieve this goal. We need to identify durable and supportive policy pathways, and foster new public-private partnerships, to make progress in this critical climate decade.
“The United States can make significant GHG reductions by leveraging private sector actions and investments and by optimizing the broad portfolio of existing clean energy solutions. Looking at the data from the last decade in the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, we know that emission reductions can be made in an affordable and reliable manner. With this new U.S. NDC, we seek to accelerate clean energy deployment and expand the economic benefits of this transformation at home and abroad.”
Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN):
“President Biden’s new target under the Paris Agreement will create new opportunities for small and medium sized businesses. Setting this ambitious goal will incentivize our country’s greatest resource of innovators and entrepreneurs to develop and deploy new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and services at scale. This long-term, nation-wide market signal will foster new jobs, reduce energy costs for businesses and families, and lead to healthier communities across the country.”
About the 2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook and Clean Energy’s Progress in 2020
On February 18, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and BloombergNEF released the ninth 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.
Paula Glover, President, Alliance to Save Energy
“There’s no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year and as we look to recovery in 2021, the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook provides us with information on where we are and where we need to go. The efficiency sector saw record job loss last year, and while we saw one bright spot in energy productivity, which had a record year, it is clear those results are not sustainable as the economy grows. To make the lower energy and emission rates of 2020 sustainable in the long run, we must double down on energy efficiency, which does more for our economy while using fewer resources. It’s a win for job growth, energy affordability, and climate action, and the 2021 Factbook provides all the more evidence for why we need to act on efficiency in 2021.”
Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association (ACP)
“2020 was a banner year for clean energy, with wind, utility solar, and energy storage each setting annual records for new capacity additions. The clean power industry is starting off the new decade on the right foot as we invest in American communities, add American jobs, and help address the threat of climate change, while delivering more and more clean, affordable electricity to meet demand from U.S. homes and businesses.”
Karen Harbert, President and CEO, American Gas Association
“Natural gas met the challenges of 2020 by delivering affordable, reliable and clean energy 24/7/365 to the nearly 180 million Americans that rely on it every day. We are an industry that always has our eyes on the future and the 2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook provides some valuable data and analysis as our energy industry continues to innovate to meet the needs of our customers and our nation’s energy and environmental goals.”
Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN)
“The past year was a challenging one, including for many small businesses in the Clean Energy Business Network. But the 2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook gives us cause for optimism, as we continue to see record deployment of clean energy technologies and decarbonization of our economy. CEBN’s Faces Behind the Facts series profiles examples of business leaders behind these transformations of the U.S. energy economy. These stories showcase clean energy businesses and jobs are emerging in communities across the United States, building a cleaner, healthier, more resilient future for our nation.”
Zolaikha Strong, Director of Energy Policy & Sustainable Energy Markets, Copper Development Association
“The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook provides an essential perspective across clean energy markets. Even with 2020’s unpredictability, the clean energy sector set new records and provided affordable renewable energy to Americans. The copper industry, and other ancillary industries impacted by market demand, rely on the comprehensive market data provided by the BCSE and BloombergNEF.”
“The public and private sectors are more aligned than ever on the need to rapidly transition to low cost, lower-carbon generation sources, and the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook provides a roadmap for this emerging energy landscape. Investment in transmission infrastructure to reach and deliver more renewable energy will be important to this national journey. And there is growing support among legislators and policymakers in Washington, D.C., and the states for transmission infrastructure to serve as the backbone for this cleaner, greener energy network.”
Katie McGinty, Vice President & Chief Sustainability, Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Johnson Controls (JCI)
“The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook helps validate that, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, trends in clean energy and decarbonization are here to stay. It is these trends that will complement JCI’s ability to help our customers meet their ESG ambitions, while achieving our own.”
Emily Duncan, Chairman, BCSE Board of Directors and Director of Federal Government Relations, National Grid
“Given the business conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not have fully imagined the resilience of these clean energy sectors and the growth that continued despite unprecedented headwinds.”
Justin Koscher, President, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association
“The annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook documents progress on achieving a more sustainable future and highlights the need for continued momentum. Ongoing investments in passive energy efficiency technologies like insulation will be critical to further reducing energy use in the built environment, enhancing resiliency, and protecting Americans from the shocks of weather events worsened by climate change.”
Lisa Alexander, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sempra Energy
“The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is a key resource to track the trends most relevant to the transition to net zero energy systems, including investments in sustainable energy infrastructure that enables renewables and natural gas, which are credited with the U.S. leading the world in emissions reductions.”
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
“COVID-19 presented many obstacles for the solar industry, but we remained resilient and had a record year in 2020. As we look ahead, solar, and solar plus storage will continue to be powerful tools to tackle the climate crisis, stimulate our economy, and help get Americans back to work. We will see tremendous growth over the next decade, but we must put equity at the forefront if we want to usher in an economy-wide clean energy transformation.”
Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group and Adjunct Professor, GWU's Environment & Energy Management Institute
"What the 2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook trends highlight - as we have seen in the aftermath of the convergence of hurricanes in Puerto Rico and state-wide forest fires in California (and soon in the aftermath of the Texas grid melt-down) that distributed generation and microgrids incorporating high-value energy efficiency, natural gas, the entire portfolio of renewable energy and energy storage -- have made serious and important market inroads".
Paul Camuti, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Trane Technologies
“The pandemic had a wide-ranging impact on the production and consumption of energy. For us at Trane Technologies, the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is a must-read and offers valuable insights to energy consumption within homes and buildings especially as we focus on creating healthier indoor environments. Implementing efficient and sustainable energy solutions is a big part of that. We also recognize our corporate responsibility to reduce energy consumption and have committed to 100% renewable energy sources within our own operations by 2030 and have joined The Climate Group’s RE100 and EP100 campaigns.”
2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook Embargoed Press Briefing
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and BloombergNEF (BNEF) will host an embargoed press briefing on the findings of the ninth annual edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook on February 17, 2021 at 11:00 am ET. The 2021 Factbook will be released to the public on February 18. All content presented at the briefing will be under embargo until February 18 at 12:01 am.
If you are a member of the press and would like to participate in this media-only event, please contact Julia Selker for details.
Each year, the Factbook provides comprehensive information and analysis on major sustainable energy facts and trends from the previous year. The Factbook includes energy statistics on market growth and contraction, and analysis of trends in the energy efficiency, natural gas, renewable energy and other clean energy segments.
The 2021 Factbook will look back on year-on-year dynamics, including how COVID-19 business conditions impacted U.S. energy markets and the overall energy transition. The press event will cover several core benchmarks – deployment, technology innovation, policy, emissions, and jobs.
At this invitation-only briefing, energy industry leaders will talk about how their businesses and the U.S. economy adjusted to changing circumstances and answer questions about the report and its findings.
BloombergNEF - Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, Melina Bartels, Analyst
Business Council for Sustainable Energy - Lisa Jacobson, President
Alliance to Save Energy - Paula Glover, President
American Clean Power Association - Heather Zichal, Chief Executive Officer
National Grid - Emily Duncan, Director of Federal Government Relations and BCSE Chairman of the Board
Sempra Energy - Lisa Alexander, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Chief Sustainability Officer
Solar Energy Industries Association - Abby Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer
Trane Technologies - Paul Camuti, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer
About the Factbook Partners
BloombergNEF (BNEF) is a leading provider of primary research on clean energy, advanced transport, digital industry, innovative materials, and commodities. With a team of experts spread across six continents, BNEF leverages the world’s most sophisticated data sets to create clear perspectives and in-depth forecasts that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of industry-transforming trends and technologies. Available online, on mobile and on the Terminal, BNEF is powered by Bloomberg’s global network of 19,000 employees in 176 locations, reporting 5,000 news stories a day. Visit https://about.bnef.com/ or request more information.
Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is a coalition of companies and trade associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors. The Council membership also includes independent electric power producers, investor-owned utilities, public power, commercial end-users and project developers and service providers for energy and environmental markets. Since 1992, the Council has been a leading industry voice advocating for policies at the state, national and international levels that increase the use of commercially available clean energy technologies, products and services.
BCSE Commends Biden Administration’s Early Executive Actions on Climate Change
Washington, D.C. – In response to President Biden’s announcement of a series of executive actions focused on addressing climate change both at home and abroad, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson offered the following statement:
“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) commends the magnitude of the executive actions taken by President Biden today within his first week in office to address the serious risks posed by climate change to our nation’s national security, public health and economy.
“These executive actions by Biden Administration send clear signals of re-engagement on climate change to the global community and the private sector at home and abroad. Today’s whole-of-government approach announced by the U.S. federal government, grounded in science and data, will bring the policy and financial direction that will accelerate the necessary market transformation to a clean energy economy. The track record of the energy transformation already well underway in the United States proves that deployment of clean energy creates jobs, delivers economic growth and prosperity, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
“Today’s integration of both U.S. domestic and international agendas to address this global challenge of climate change will help American companies thrive and lead the global transformation that the science calls for.”
January 20, 2021, Washington, D.C. - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) congratulate Joe Biden on today’s Presidential Inauguration and celebrate Kamala Harris’s historic swearing-in as America’s first female vice president. The BCSE and CEBN look forward to work with the Administration and the 117th Congress to speed our economic recovery, enhance America's energy resilience, and deliver clean, affordable, reliable and safe energy to all Americans.
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BCSE and CEBN Congratulate Joseph R. Biden on Inauguration as 46th President of the United States Clean Energy Industry Stands Ready to Lead in Economic Recovery
Washington, D.C. – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) congratulate Joe Biden on today’s Presidential Inauguration and celebrate Kamala Harris’s historic swearing-in as America’s first female vice president.
BCSE President Lisa Jacobson said:
“President Biden has consistently signaled that clean energy will be a cornerstone of his economic recovery plan. The broad portfolio of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy technologies and solutions can create hundreds of thousands of jobs in every state that will build a cleaner and more resilient energy system.
“BCSE and CEBN commend the Biden-Harris Administration on their holistic approach to economic recovery and climate response in their transition planning. President Biden’s promise to return to the Paris Agreement is a long-time priority for our coalitions. Our members, active contributors to international climate diplomacy since our founding in 1992, know from experience the value of U.S. leadership on this global challenge. BCSE’s December 10 letter to President Biden suggested additional executive actions to support clean energy.
“President Biden’s creation of new climate roles in the White House is the first step in an integrated federal response to climate change. The Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Defense, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation and more will all be involved in shaping clean energy’s role in economic growth and recovery.”
CEBN President Lynn Abramson said:
“CEBN is heartened to see support for small businesses as one of the key elements of the American Rescue Plan. This support, in addition to continued funding for research and development and commercialization of new technologies, will keep America’s energy innovation economy going strong.
“BCSE and CEBN look forward to working with President Biden and Vice President Harris, as well as the 117th Congress to speed our economic recovery, enhance America’s energy resilience, and deliver clean, affordable, reliable and safe energy to all Americans.”
Washington, D.C., January 7, 2021 - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Clean Energy Business Network condemn yesterday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
The institutions of governance and laws upon which our nation was founded must be respected and protected. Acts of domestic terrorism and disruption of our electoral process must not be tolerated.
We express our solidarity and support to the Members of Congress, Congressional and Capitol staff, police, and National Guard that stood up against this attack and performed their constitutional duties to certify the results of the 2020 election.