FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2017
Contact: Laura Tierney
Clean Energy Coalition Urges Congress to Act on Budget Caps & Full Year FY2018 Spending Bill
Sees Opportunities in Disaster Relief Supplemental to Rebuild Cleaner, Smarter and to
Foster Better Preparedness and Resilience
Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson issued the following statement regarding passage of the short-term spending bill that will fund government programs through January 19, 2018.
“Clean energy businesses are pleased that Congress has moved this week to avert a government shutdown and funding will continue through mid-January 2018. The Council is also pleased to see Congress considering a separate supplemental appropriations bill for disaster relief in areas affected by the 2017 hurricanes and wildfires.
“Congress needs to move quickly when it returns to Washington in January to increase budget caps and fund the government at levels that ensure that critical energy programs will continue. Without an increase in the caps and adequate funding, the security, reliability, and diversity of our nation’s energy supply will be at risk.
“At particular risk if the budget caps are not increased are valuable programs at the Departments of Energy and State, and the Environmental Protection Agency that provide direct economic benefits to clean energy technology providers and American consumers. clean energy research, development, deployment, and commercialization activities funded through the Department of Energy have lowered costs for consumers and have made the United States one of the most attractive markets in the world for companies whose operations entail significant energy-related costs. Likewise, programs funded at the Department of State are helping to shape markets in both developing and developed countries for American clean energy technologies. Environmental Protection Agency programs are providing technical assistance and information about cleaner and more efficient technologies and are also helping to make the electric grid reliable and secure, providing value to consumers and businesses alike.
“Furthermore, the Council believes the additional funding for disaster relief and recovery can be used in strategic ways that rebuild the electric grid and built environment with technologies that improve efficiency, resilience and provide cleaner sources of power generation, while fostering better preparedness for future events.”
Please see the Council’s letter to Congress on the federal budget caps (November 29. 2017).