FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2017
Contact: Laura Tierney
Clean Energy Coalition Commends Congressional Funding for Key DOE and EPA Programs
Washington, DC – Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), issued the following statement today in response to congressional action this week to fund programs at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency for the remainder of fiscal year 2017:
“Clean energy programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have a strong record of providing benefits to consumers and businesses, and spurring jobs and the economy. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy is pleased that the appropriations bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 preserved key programs at DOE and EPA that are instrumental in achieving these benefits for the American people.
“Through partnership with our industries, DOE and the national laboratories have given the United States worldwide competitive advantage and have supported over 3 million jobs in energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas manufacturing and service sectors. 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. EPA provides critical support to states, localities and tribes, and acts as a federal leader to address barriers to the adoption of emissions reducing technologies. EPA also has an important role to play as an international leader in climate science and emission reduction frameworks.
“The Council is encouraged by the congressional commitment to preserve key energy efficiency and clean energy programs in the FY17 budget, and looks forward to conversations on maintaining this commitment in the FY18 budget discussions.”
Download a copy of this statement here.