FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2016
Contact: Laura Tierney
Clean Energy Businesses Look Forward to Conference on Energy Legislation
Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from President Lisa Jacobson regarding House passage of its amendment to S. 2012 The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.
“House action on energy legislation today moves us closer to a conference with the Senate and BCSE looks forward to working with the conference committee to finalize legislation this year with meaningful provisions for clean energy.
“The Council is pleased to see provisions aimed at improving infrastructure and streamlining approval processes for clean energy projects, such as the hydropower relicensing reforms. At a time when we need renewable, affordable, and reliable energy, the United States needs an updated, more efficient regulatory process and the hydropower provisions in the legislation will move us in the right direction. We look forward to working together with the conferees to merge the House and Senate bills in this area.
“We are also pleased the legislation includes energy efficiency measures. We look forward to working with conferees to improve these and other provisions throughout the conference process, including preserving the Senate-passed Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act, or SAVE Act, which would bring transparency, accuracy, and security to the home appraisal and mortgage underwriting processes, and help finance energy efficient homes and retrofits, as well as provisions to increase Federal energy efficiency through the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts, and create vitally needed jobs in local markets.
“If Congress can enact meaningful clean energy provisions this year, it would be an incremental step to continue and expand federal energy policy in order to link technology development to commercialization and value for US taxpayers as we shift toward a modernized grid.”