Energy is Critical Infrastructure - BCSE Outlines Energy Infrastructure Priorities for 2017
Washington, DC ─ The Business Council for Sustainable Energy released this infrastructure issues white paper in January 2017, outlining its principles for federal energy infrastructure proposals and initial recommendations for consideration by the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress.
The extensive power grid and natural gas system in the United States have fueled the nation’s economic growth and ensured its global competitiveness. However, more investment is needed in certain areas of the country to get clean energy and natural gas to consumers. There is an estimated gap of over $560 billion needed in additional spending for energy infrastructure, between now and 2040. This white paper explores the priorities and recommendations that will expand funding for the clean energy sectors in the BCSE coalition ─ energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy.
The Trump Administration and Congress have an unprecedented opportunity to help improve our nation’s aging infrastructure. Through public-private partnerships, siting, permitting, and regulatory reforms; targeted research, development, and deployment investments; and financing tools that leverage private capital, the federal government can upgrade and expand U.S. infrastructure and create well-paying jobs for Americans.