FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. – The Presidents of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) offered the following statements after the Senate voted to pass the CHIPS for America Act with strong bipartisan support.
BCSE president Lisa Jacobson:
“BCSE commends the Senate for its bipartisan work to enact the CHIPS and Science Act. The legislation provides funding for critical research programs and supports new public-private partnerships that will enhance our nation’s competitiveness and foster technology innovation.”
CEBN president Lynn Abramson:
“The Clean Energy Business Network commends the Senate for passage of the CHIPS for America Act in strong bipartisan fashion. This legislation provides support for cleantech innovation through a new DOE Foundation, funding for cleantech incubators and accelerators, and vouchers for small businesses to access national lab resources. CEBN supported these important provisions to bolster clean energy innovators across the country.
“These programs within the bill will create a more robust cleantech innovation ecosystem across the country through enhancing public-private partnerships and offering valuable support to entrepreneurial support organizations.
“While an earlier version of this package included an extension of the Small Business Innovation Research program, we were disappointed to see this provision left out of the final package. This crucial program with a 40-year track record of success is set to expire on October 1st should Congress fail to act. CEBN will continue to work with small business leaders to extend SBIR through alternative legislative paths such as the NDAA.”
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