FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2021
Contact: Julia Selker
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Industry Coalition Calls on Congress to Recognize Clean Energy as Key Component to Revitalizing U.S. Infrastructure and Economy
Clean Energy Businesses Outline Priorities for Congress
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy released a letter today to Congressional leadership explaining the importance and opportunity for clean energy and demand-side energy efficiency to be a central focus of economic stimulus measures to improve our nation’s infrastructure. The letter outlined the following priority measures for Congress:
- Enact robust funding for clean energy programs managed by federal agencies, including programs that leverage private sector capital.
- Enact durable and long-term clean energy tax policy.
- Provide workforce development support to make clean energy careers accessible to more Americans.
- Provide support for advanced manufacturing to maintain U.S. leadership.
BCSE President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement:
“Clean energy must be recognized as a key component to any infrastructure legislation. America's energy system is inseparable from the rest of our country's infrastructure. National security, climate resilience and economic growth all depend on America’s energy system and the ongoing clean energy transformation.
“The crisis in Texas, Mississippi and other states that began with last month’s extreme cold weather showed that the resilience of the electricity and natural gas systems protect our transportation and water infrastructure and are critical to the health and safety of every household. States and cities are on the front lines of infrastructure planning and resilience, and the federal government has a critical role in supporting investments that will serve the whole country.
“The BCSE coalition advocates for federal funding to go towards initiatives that support new and existing research, development, demonstration and deployment efforts, and that leverage private sector capital. These recommendations are based on successful precedent and bipartisan values, we look forward to working with Congress on improving American infrastructure.”