BCSE at U.S. Climate Action Week

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is a coalition of companies and associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors in the United States that advocates for policies to accelerate the deployment of these clean energy technologies.

The BCSE is pleased to participate in U.S. Climate Action Week (April 19-23, 2021) which brings together side events, announcements and other key moments to complement the Leaders Summit on Climate being hosted by the Biden Administration on April 22-23.

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BCSE Events

Translating Climate Ambition into Clean Energy Jobs
April 20, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

How Utilities Unlock the Energy Transition
April 22, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Hosted by: BCSE, EEI and WBCSD

New U.S. NDC to Drive Accelerated Clean Energy Transformation

On April 22 at the Leaders Summit on Climate, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a new nationally-determined contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement, which sets a goal for the United States to reduce economy-wide net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson commented that the new NDC "sends a clear market signal for an accelerated clean energy transformation. This transformation will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create new economic opportunities and jobs."

Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) President Lynn Abramson highlighted how this new target "will create new opportunities for small and medium sized businesses. Setting this ambitious goal will incentivize our country’s greatest resource of innovators and entrepreneurs to develop and deploy new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and services at scale."

Read more in this joint BCSE and CEBN statement.

Translating Climate Ambition into Clean Energy Jobs - April 20, 2021

The job creation potential of the clean energy transition is strong and enduring. The market signals generated by a new U.S. national climate goal can help the economy rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, create employment opportunities to underrepresented and out-of-work communities, and incentivize the development of tomorrow’s workforce. These benefits can expanded with the right policy support and by forging new partnerships with the business community.

Advancing the deployment of the portfolio of existing clean energy technologies will make our economy stronger and healthier. It will increase our energy productivity and security and enhance our resilience against extreme weather events.

This panel of private sector executives will talk about what policy tools and public investments are needed to translate U.S. climate ambition into jobs and economic benefits, while delivering health and environmental improvements to communities across the country.


Opening Remarks - Lisa Jacobson, BCSE and Sandra Purohit, E2

A conversation with Badar Khan, President, National Grid USA and Lisa Jacobson, BCSE

Panel: Today’s Clean Energy Workforce and the Role of Federal Policy

Paula Glover, President and CEO, Alliance to Save Energy
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
Curt Rich, President, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
Moderator: Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network

Panel:Workforce Programs in Practice: How to Maintain, Expand and Modernize

John Steele, Senior Director, Government Relations Johnson Controls
E’Lois Thomas, Ph.D, Chief Administrative Officer, SEEL, LLC
Janice Tran, CEO & Co-Founder, Kanin Energy
Moderator: Sandra Purohit, Director, Federal Advocacy, E2

Download the event presentation and  program and speaker bios here.


How Utilities Unlock the Energy Transition - April 22, 2021

As the U.S. looks towards increasing its climate ambition with its updated nationally-determined contribution (NDC) for 2030, utilities are already embarking upon their own pathways to achieve net-zero in 2050. The contributions from the power sector will play an essential role in achieving these new targets. Innovation and technological leadership in this sector will ultimately help drive the transformations needed for a world where 9 billion people can live within the boundaries of the planet by 2050.

Over the past decade, we have seen incredible development of innovations within the power sector to reduce emissions through a broad portfolio of energy solutions. Utilities have made investments to increase and expand renewable energy capacity, deploy energy efficiency, and develop new energy resources. They have adapted their business models to improve performance, meet customer demand and ensure delivery of energy that is affordable, reliable, and resilient.

Join the BCSE, Edison Electric Institute & World Business Council for Sustainable Development to learn from regulators, national and international utility sector executives, sector experts, and thought leaders on how utilities are spurring transformational technologies that can help reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, while also creating enormous new economic opportunities and building the industries of the future.


Featured speakers include:

  • Claire O’Neill, Managing Director Climate and Energy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and former Climate Minister for UK Government and President of COP26
  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Brian Wolff, Executive Vice President of Policy & External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
  • Gonzalo Saenz de Miera Càrdenas, Director of Climate Change and Alliances, Iberdrola
  • Sharon Tomkins, Vice President, Sustainability, Sempra Energy
  • Venu Ghanta, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Duke Energy


For more information or media inquiries, please contact Laura Tierney at ltierney[at]bcse.org.