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BCSE In Action

March 24, 2015

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Clean Energy Industries Testify in Support of DOE Budgets

Washington, DC — The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) Director of Federal and State Affairs, Ruth McCormick, testified today before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy regarding the value of the research, development, demonstration, deployment and commercialization activities funded through the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

“In recent years the United States has seen real market penetration of a wide range of sustainable energy technologies and resources and has witnessed the results of policies that work. But there is more to be done,” Ms. McCormick said. "Federal investments in the form of research, development and deployment initiatives as well as federal tax incentives have expanded the energy technologies and resources available for the nation, while helping to lower energy costs and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States. These investments should be continued."

“While technology costs have fallen, market barriers and grid integration challenges continue to hinder greater deployment of clean energy technologies. To continue the momentum of growth in these sectors, and to receive their co-benefits, long-term, stable polices will be needed to level the playing field and to provide market access to new technologies. As a neutral player, rather than one with a financial interest, DOE can help analyze policy options for deploying new energy technologies and can help streamline the processes of permitting, inspection, and interconnection of new energy technologies.“

The 2015 edition of the BCSE’s Sustainable Energy in America Factbook points to the dramatic changes underway in the United States energy sector over the past several years. Traditional energy sources are declining, while natural gas, renewable energy, and energy efficiency are playing a larger role. These changes are increasing the diversity of the country's energy mix, improving our energy security, cutting energy waste, increasing our energy productivity and reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Behind this change are a portfolio of new energy innovations, technologies, and applications. These include: newly applied techniques for extracting natural gas from shale rock formations; lower-cost and higher-efficiency photovoltaic panels; efficient, natural gas end-use applications; natural gas vehicles and battery and fuel cell electric vehicles; ‘smart meters’ that allow consumers to monitor, modulate, and cut electricity consumption, among others.

Download the full Business Council for Sustainable Energy's written testimony here.