Over 25 Clean Energy Companies Participate on Capitol Hill Day, May 8
On May 8, more than two dozen Council members participated in the “Face of Green Jobs” Capitol Hill Day event and May 7 reception. Representatives of clean energy and energy efficiency business interests came to Washington, D.C. to talk to Members of Congress and key staff about green jobs and policies to deploy the technologies necessary to help the nation reduce its greenhouse gas emissions both cost-effectively, and sooner, rather than later.
The Council’s overall goal was to engage congressional offices in a constructive dialog about the value of policies designed to deploy clean energy technologies and energy efficiency to meet both environmental and economic goals. Under a comprehensive cap-and-trade program, the Council’s key messages include:
- Direct allowance value, in the form of output-based allowance allocations, set-asides, auction proceeds to clean energy technology and energy efficiency investments
- Advance complementary policies to accelerate deployment of existing clean energy technologies
- Promote adoption of a robust domestic and international offsets program to help reduce compliance costs, with co-benefits
Council members participated in twenty-one congressional office meetings, including four with Members of Congress (Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Bayh (D-IN) and Representatives Markey (D-MA) and Gordon (D-TN)). In terms of messages, the Council conveyed and ‘left-behind’ its priority climate change recommendations at every meeting and were granted several opportunities to engage Senate staff in amendment-specific discussions.