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First 100 Days: Immediate Executive Actions to Deploy Greater Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Solutions

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) has released its Recommendations for Executive Actions to Increase Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Deployment in support of the Build Back Better plan during the Biden-Harris administration’s first 100 days in office.

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson describes these suggested actions as “immediately impactful steps” that the incoming Biden-Harris administration that can take “towards the restoration of a vibrant clean energy economy in the United States.” The BCSE also supports the President-elect’s focus on driving economic recovery through investments in infrastructure, electricity and buildings sectors to advance clean energy and build a more equitable America.

Highlighted in these recommendations are actions in these areas:

  • Executive Orders to Improve the Efficiency, Resilience and Sustainability of the Federal Government
  • Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 with Increased Funding for Clean Energy RDD&D
  • Strengthening Agency Work and Filling Staff Vacancies
  • Clean Air Act Authority to Regulate Carbon
  • Building Codes and Manufactured Housing Standard in Federal Housing Programs
  • Reducing Market Barriers to Clean Energy Deployment
  • International Leadership on Clean Energy Deployment and Climate Change
  • Infrastructure Siting, Permitting, and Regulatory Reforms to Speed Clean Energy Deployment


These recommendations were crafted with the urgency of addressing the COVID-19 health pandemic and the recovery of the U.S. economy in mind. Achieving the Build Back Better objectives will be an ongoing process and will require sustained action by the public and private sectors for years to come. The BCSE and its members are ready to partner with the incoming administration to deploy clean energy solutions towards addressing challenges of COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change.

For additional detail, please download: BCSE Recommendations for Executive Actions to Increase Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Deployment.