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Industry Coalition Brings 'Face of Green Jobs' to Capitol Hill


Washington, DC -- Industry representatives of clean energy and energy efficiency businesses from across the country will be in Washington, DC on May 8 to talk to Members of Congress about green jobs and how their industries can help the nation reduce its greenhouse gas emissions both cost-effectively, and sooner, rather than later.


“These industries represent the cost-effective technologies that exist today to help achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lisa Jacobson, Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. “With the right incentives to deploy these technologies the United States can both produce immediate greenhouse gas emission reductions, and can pave the way for a more secure energy future,”


The Business Council for Sustainable Energy is a broad-based business coalition of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural gas industries that advocates energy and environmental policies that expand markets for clean, efficient and sustainable energy products and services.  The Council’s membership includes power developers, equipment manufacturers, independent generators, green power marketers, retailers, gas and electric utilities, as well as several of the primary trade associations in these sectors. 


Members of the Coalition will be in Washington for the Council’s first annual Capitol Hill Day on May 8.   Key messages the group will share with policy makers include: how to design a greenhouse gas cap and trade program that recognizes and rewards clean energy technologies; how a robust domestic and international offsets program can help reduce compliance costs, and provide environmental co-benefits; and what types of complementary policies are needed to accelerate deployment of existing clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.


Industries and coalitions represented at the May 8 Capitol Hill Day event include the American Gas Association; American Wind Energy Association; Calpine; Caterpillar; Climate Change Capital; Econergy; EcoSecurities, Ltd.; Enel North America; Gas Technology Institute; National Hydropower Association; North American Insulation Manufacturers Association; PG & E; Plug Power; PPM Energy; PSEG; Recycled Energy Development, LLC (RED); Sempra Energy; Solar Turbines; Sun Edison; Trane; and Wal-Mart. 


  Industry Coatition Brings ‘Face of Green Jobs’ to Capitol Hill