BCSE Quarterly Connection: Summer 2018
In this issue:
- President's View: New Federal Climate Policies Emerge
- BCSE Communications Network Shares Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Communications
- Hear the Chorus of Climate Action at Upcoming Global Climate Action Summit
- BCSE Resilience and Reliability Dialogue Highlights Need for Education and Better Quantification of Benefits
- Congress Considers Disaster Recovery Reform as 2018 Hurricane & Wildfire Seasons Begin
- NARUC Events Provide Opportunity for Partnerships with Clean Energy Stakeholder Groups
- Clean Air Subcommittee Tracks Carbon Pricing, EPA Developments
- Conference Negotiations over Spending Bills and Farm Bill Programs Address Clean Energy
- New Member Spotlight: Capital Power
- Clean Energy Business Network's Faces Behind the Facts
- Featured Event: 2018 National Clean Energy Week
President’s View: New Federal Climate Policies Emerge
July has seen a resurgence of attention to federal climate change policy and carbon pricing – with energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy technologies at the center of the solution set. With the introduction of a carbon tax bill in the House of Representatives, the Market Choice Act, by Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and the launch of coalitions focused on elevating federal policy responses to both greenhouse gas reduction and enhancing resilience from natural disasters, new political coalitions are emerging. This provides significant opportunities for the Council to shape policies to ensure that initiatives cost-effectively reduce emissions and help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change using the broad portfolio of clean energy technologies. BCSE has long supported federal legislative action on an economy-wide, market-based approach to address climate change. As new industries and stakeholders are coming to the table with ideas on policy and non-policy drivers to accelerate action, the Council’s history of crafting market-based programs is ready to share its expertise in this new round of action.
BCSE Communications Network Shares Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Communications
These days there are almost too many ways to connect with your clients, contacts and target audiences. Here are a few tips to consider doing what you already do, but just a little bit better, courtesy of the BCSE Communications Network.
- E-mail subject lines with 29-39 characters get the best click through numbers; 4-15 characters get best open rate.
- A/B test your content – try different times or subject lines for e-mails and different graphics and text for paid advertisements on social media.
- Video. Video. Plus, a little humor every now and then on social media will boost your likes.
- Get consent from your contacts to e-mail them, especially if they live in Europe.
The BCSE Communications Network has been spending its summer diving deep into a range of topics, including expanding digital media reach, effective emails campaigns, and managing data & privacy policies. The above tips have emerged from this lunch & learn series, which will continue in the Fall. For more information, please contact Laura Tierney ([email protected]).
Hear the Chorus of Climate Action at Upcoming Global Climate Action Summit
San Francisco, California, will be hosting upwards of 50,000 people the week of September 10 at the Global Climate Action Summit. The Summit will be accompanied by over 350 affiliate events that week, held by leaders from cities, states, businesses, and other stakeholders. This includes events by the BCSE, the Alliance to Save Energy, PG&E Corporation, the U.S. Green Building Council, WRI’s Building Efficiency Accelerator and many more. Details on these events will be made public by mid to late August.
The aim of the summit is to demonstrate a commitment to climate action by sub-national actors, and to pressure national governments to do more on climate change. The Summit, from September 12-14 is co-chaired by California Governor Jerry Brown, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, UN Special Envoy Michael Bloomberg, Mahindra Group’s Anand Mahindra and China’s Climate Change Minister Xie Zhenhua. The Summit will focus on five cross-cutting challenge areas: healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, sustainable communities, land and ocean stewardship, and transformative climate investments. Find out the latest on the Summit website or contact Laura Tierney ([email protected]) for more information.
BCSE Resilience and Reliability Dialogue Highlights Need for Education and Better Quantification of Benefits
Starting in May, the Council launched a strategic initiative on resilience and reliability. The purpose of the initiative is to capture the breadth and scope of these important market drivers for BCSE industries and to share information gaps and policy ideas with decision-makers at the federal, state and local level. A member-only Thought Leaders Series began this spring with guest speakers from the National League of Cities, the National Governors Association, MIT, the Department of Energy as well as leading land management and national security experts.
Key take aways from these discussions have been that resilience and reliability are intertwined, but have distinct aspects. Further, the conversations have highlighted the need for policymakers to be educated on the economic and human health benefits of pre-disaster and post-disaster resilience investments, and that better tools to quantify the
benefits are needed. As this effort progresses, BCSE will release a coalition brief of this topic and will continue to advocate for federal legislation to enhance resilience and reliability.
Congress Considers Disaster Recovery Reform as 2018 Hurricane & Wildfire Seasons Begin
The partnership with BCSE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) has been positive as the two organizations continue working together to advocate in support of disaster recovery reform and resilience provisions in various pieces of legislation. BCSE and NASEO, along with BCSE members such as the US Green Building Council (USGBC), have been working to add the Senate version of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), S.3041, as an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill, HR 4. The provisions in the DRRA represent a national focus on pre-disaster mitigation and response measures that - for the first time - will ensure the United States will be better prepared for disasters by advancing electric grids, power supplies and building stock that are reliable, more resilient, agile, cost effective, cyber-secure, and environmentally sound.
NARUC Events Provide Opportunity for Partnerships with Clean Energy Stakeholder Groups
BCSE members met with utility commissioners from the mid-Atlantic region at breakfast sessions held during the June meeting of the Mid Atlantic Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC) in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Members of the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) and GridWise Alliance joined the Council to share information and updates on our work, while commissioners from Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands addressed pressing topics from their states. In addition to the breakfast sessions, BCSE continued its very popular sponsorship of a photographer at the MACRUC President’s Installation Dinner. BCSE also co-sponsored a clean energy industry reception at the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (NARUC) meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, in July along with AEE, ACORE, AWEA, CERES, GridWise Alliance, and SEIA.
Clean Air Subcommittee Tracks Carbon Pricing, EPA Developments
Over the past several weeks, the BCSE Clean Air Subcommittee has held meetings to learn more about the landscape of carbon pricing policies at the state level and what’s being proposed at the federal level. Dan Delurey, President of the Wedgemere Group, gave an overview of both the state policy landscape and the various groups working on carbon pricing. These include the Climate Leadership Council, the Citizens Climate Lobby, and others. Catrina Rorke of the Climate Leadership Council will speak at the next Clean Air meeting on August 6 about their carbon price proposal. The Council is also reviewing its climate change policy statement, with an eye toward updating the principles to reflect members’ current priorities.
BCSE and its members also continue to follow several regulations expected to be acted on by EPA in the coming weeks and months. As Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler begins his leadership of the EPA, many expect that the EPA’s agenda will remain largely unchanged, but that his approach will be different and more transparent than his predecessor. The administration’s proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan is expected in the late summer or early fall, and the revised Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards could come as early as this week.
Conference Negotiations over Spending Bills and Farm Bill Programs Address Clean Energy
New Member Spotlight:
Clean Energy Business Network's Faces Behind the Facts
Featured Event: National Clean Energy Week
For additional details and the full schedule, please visit www.nationalcleanenergyweek.org.