FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2017
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement on President’s Budget for Key Energy Programs
Washington, DC – Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), issued the following statement today in response to the release of the Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request:
“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy is gravely concerned that significant cuts to, or the elimination of, key clean energy programs across a number of federal agencies as outlined in the President’s budget request, could undermine job creation and the goal to modernize the country’s aging energy infrastructure. Rather than cutting these programs, Congress should consider the value they provide to the reliability and security of the nation’s energy system and to American consumers. Of particular concern to clean energy businesses are cuts to programs at the Department of Energy, Department of State, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, and other agencies.
“Over the years, clean energy industries have partnered with the energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, and advanced natural gas programs at the Department of Energy and the national laboratories, to bring new technologies into the global markets. This has given the United States worldwide competitive advantage and helps support over 3 million jobs in energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas manufacturing and service sectors. This market dynamism and success is the result of a long-time bipartisan consensus of world class research, both pure and applied, successfully linked with industry.
“DOE research, development and deployment activities have helped lower costs for consumers. In fact, in the past year, American consumers devoted less than 4% of their total annual household spending to energy - the smallest share ever recorded - and retail electricity prices alone dropped 3% on average.
“The Council was encouraged that Congress chose to preserve key energy efficiency and clean energy programs in the FY17 budget that passed a few weeks ago, and we urge Congress to reject cuts to these programs in the FY18 budget.”
Download the full statement here.