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April 4, 2013

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BCSE Statement on Recommendations for Energy Appropriations

Washington, DC -- Clean energy businesses have issued recommendations to Congress on ways to appropriate limited federal dollars dedicated to energy programs in order to maximize value to American taxpayers and spur economic recovery.

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson said, "The Council believes that continued funding for programs under the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is in the best interest of American taxpayers and supports a well-reasoned national energy strategy that improves our economic conditions at home and strengthens America's competitiveness in the global marketplace." Examples of such programs include funding for energy efficiency, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), hydropower initiatives, wind, the Sunshot solar Initiative, and fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, to name a few. Please see the full letter and testimony .

The recommendations from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy were submitted March 29 as testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies. This letter with these recommendations will also be sent to members of the House Appropriations Committee this week.

As evidenced in the Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook , which was recently released by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, affordable, homegrown and clean energy sources are powering the U.S. economy with jobs and investment, and are promoting the security and diversity of our energy supply. BCSE encourages Congress to continue to support research, development and deployment of these technologies to foster market competition here and abroad and to ensure that the United States becomes the world leader in clean energy technology.

Download the full press release.