FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2016
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement in Response to the 2016 State of the Union Address
Washington, DC - Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address this evening:
"As we begin the final year of the Obama Administration, the Council commends its leadership in supporting clean energy deployment and addressing climate change, notably through the finalization of the Clean Power Plan and the recently negotiated Paris Climate Change Agreement.
"These policies provide strong and sustained signals to the marketplace to invest commercially-available clean energy technologies -- including natural gas, a broad portfolio of renewable energy technologies and greater energy efficiency of our homes, industries, and commercial buildings.
"As the President noted in his speech, we have reinvented our energy system and have the opportunity as a country to build on the progress made in terms of improving US energy productivity, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and creating more clean energy jobs.
"Looking at 2016, BCSE will work with Congress and the Administration to provide multiyear extensions of energy efficiency tax incentives as well as multiyear extensions of tax incentives for the non-wind and non-solar technologies that currently access the Production Tax Credit and the Investment Tax Credit. These incentives expire at the end of 2016.
"The Council also wants to work with Congress on advancing a federal energy bill that provides meaningful, clean energy provisions.
"In the coming weeks, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance will release the 4th edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. The Factbook tracks the growth of U.S. clean energy markets and details the impact of this growth on the broader economy and greenhouse gas emissions. The data has implications for policy development and should serve as a foundation for action."
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