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May 9, 2012
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Clean Energy Programs Maximize Value of Federal Dollars

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter dated May 8 sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committees the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) urged lawmakers to continue support for clean energy programs within the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in order to maximize benefit for American taxpayers.

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson noted, "Clean energy businesses recognize that in this year's economic and budget environment Congress will be forced to make difficult choices in appropriating federal dollars. However, Congress can maximize the value to American taxpayers and spur economic recovery by continuing to support research development and deployment of affordable, homegrown and advanced clean energy technologies that are powering the U.S. economy with jobs and investment, and are promoting the security and diversity of our energy supply."

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have both recently reported their versions of the Fiscal Year 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bills and the bills are waiting further Floor action.

Morry Markowitz, President and Executive Director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), commented on the critical need to continue federal funding for technologies as they transition from the research and development stage to market. "Fuel cell and hydrogen energy systems provide clean, efficient and continuous base-load energy for buildings and enable zero-emission transportation, materials handling, and portable power, which will help achieve energy independence in the United States. The cost of this technology has dropped dramatically thanks to private investment and government support and Congress should continue to support the successful public-private partnerships to continue the industry's transition to market."

Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy said, "We urge our lawmakers not to be 'penny-wise and pound foolish' by slashing funds for cost-effective federal investments in energy efficiency. These programs not only deliver benefits to American taxpayers and to our nation's economy, environment and national security whose value far outstrips their upfront price tag - they also help ensure global competitiveness for U.S. businesses."

National Hydropower Association (NHA) Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci encouraged Congress to continue investment in the DOE Energy and Water Program - across all technologies - including hydrokinetic, ocean, wave, and conventional hydropower - to take advantage of the vast potential of hydropower resources across the country.