FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2018
Contact: Laura Tierney
Clean Energy Businesses Urge Maximum Funding Levels in FY2019 DOE Appropriations Bill
Report language should be included to ensure funds are obligated and spent as directed by Congress
Washington, DC –Clean energy businesses made the case for funding Department of Energy clean energy programs in a letter released this week to House and Senate conferees on the so-called “minibus” legislation, which includes funding for Energy and Water Development programs, Veterans Affairs and Military Construction and the Legislative Branch.
Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy made the following statement upon release of the letter:
“BCSE industries in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas sectors have long partnered with the federal government on research and development and have worked together to bring clean energy innovation to the market.
“Renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas deliver more jobs, increased economic growth, greater energy productivity and fewer emissions for the United States (2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook). 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.
“To ensure that DOE clean energy programs continue to build upon this existing partnership and market growth, we urge Congress to accept the maximum funding levels for DOE clean energy programs in conference negotiations and to include clear and direct report language to ensure that funds are obligated and spent as directed by Congress.”
Examples of innovation can be found in a project entitled Faces Behind the Facts produced by the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), BCSE’s partner organization of 3,000+ business leaders from small to medium-sized companies across the U.S. Faces Behind the Facts tells the story of clean energy business leaders across America. Many of whom have benefitted from federal programs to launch their business ventures and provide solutions that work for American consumers and taxpayers.