BCSE Fall Newsletter 2018
In this issue:
- President’s View: BCSE Joins Readiness for Resilience Planning Partnership to Assist Texas and Puerto Rico Recover from Hurricane Impacts
- BCSE Priorities During the Lame Duck and Preparations for the 116th Congress
- Congress Enacts Strong Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 DOE Programs and Takes Steps to Reform Disaster Recovery
- Clean Energy Industries Engage with Utility Commissioners at November NARUC Conference
- Industry Showcases Climate Action, Presses Governments to Raise Ambition
- Movement Catches the Eye: The Value of Video & GIFs in Communications
- Election Results Bring Opportunities to Advance Clean Energy Policies at the State Level
Clean Energy Business Network Launches New Business Services on Updated Website
The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) is a division of the BCSE working to grow the clean energy economy through policy, public education, and business development assistance for energy companies. The CEBN’s 3,000+ members span all 50 U.S. states and several international countries and a diverse range of technologies. In October 2018, the CEBN launched new tools such as a searchable business directory and funding database to promote collaboration among small businesses, corporations, investors, consultants, and others working across the clean energy landscape. Learn more in this 1-minute video, and use promo code CleanEnergy25 for $25 off premium corporate memberships (starting at $250/year) now through 12/10.
President’s View: BCSE Joins Readiness for Resilience Planning Partnership to Assist Texas and Puerto Rico Recover from Hurricane Impacts
With the continued hurricanes and wildfires this fall, the importance of resilience planning and investment has never been more urgent. As such, the Council is pleased to join a new partnership with Qualcomm, Smart Cities Council, Texas A&M and NASEO to help communities in Texas and Puerto Rico that were impacted by the 2017 hurricanes with resilience planning. The Council’s role is to share private sector views on resilience planning best practices as well as connect companies and industry associations active in these localities with government officials and key decision-makers on the ground as investment decisions are made about rebuilding and resilience upgrades. The project is being sponsored by Qualcomm Incorporated and will include discovery workshops and conferences over the next eight months. The project is kicking-off with a Readiness for Resilience conference in Puerto Rico December 4 and 5, in coordination with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló‘s office. In addition, Discovery Workshops will be held December 11 through the 13 in three impacted regions in Texas.
BCSE Priorities During the Lame Duck and Preparations for the 116th Congress
Congress Enacts Strong Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 DOE Programs and Takes Steps to Reform Disaster Recovery
Clean Energy Industries Engage with Utility Commissioners at November NARUC Conference
- Winter Policy Summit February 10-13, 2019, in Washington, DC;
- Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC), June 23-26, 2019 in Hot Springs, Virginia;
- Summer Policy Summit July 21-24 in Indianapolis, Indiana; and
- 2019 Annual meeting November 17-20 in San Antonio, Texas.
Industry Showcases Climate Action, Presses Governments to Raise Ambition
With the recent release of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ̊C, the first-ever gathering of sub-national actors at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in September, and the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, the pressure is on for national governments to finalize a clear and transparent rulebook for the Paris Agreement and turn its attention to implementation.
BCSE members, as solution providers, are not only making their own commitments to act on climate change, but are working with cities, states and other governments to advance policies and investment frameworks that will accelerate deployment of clean energy solutions. See how Council members participated in GCAS in San Francisco, CA.
The BCSE will lead a delegation of members to COP 24 and host a side event on December 8, Powering Ambition: Energy & Technology Solutions To Build Low-Carbon Economies, at 11:30 CET, in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, Corn Refiners Association and U.S. Green Building Council, and will also host events at the U.S. Climate Action Center, which will be hosted by the We Are Still In coalition from December 7 – 10. Watch for additional details to be released on the BCSE website.
Movement Catches the Eye: The Value of Video & GIFs in Communications
These days, movement on a screen will catch a viewer’s eye, and engagement is the prized outcome when it comes to evaluating external communications. The BCSE’s Communications Network recently explored industry best practices for making videos and GIFs that capture your audience’s attention. Some take-aways include:
- Working with a videographer can seem expensive, but plan ahead to realize the breath of deliverables that can come from one video, including technology testimonials, community engagement, anecdotes for written content such as blog posts, speeches, op-eds and b-roll footage.
- If you choose to do-it-yourself with your cell phone camera, understand that this works best for close-up shots, and it is best if you hold your phone horizontally. Use an external microphone and tripod to keep the phone steady.
- Include captions with your short video or GIF on social media; most people don’t turn on the audio when scrolling through their news feeds.