The Council helps to shape emerging and support existing initiatives at the state and regional levels that promote the deployment of clean energy technologies. In this effort, the Council hosts educational outreach events as well as in-person meetings with state energy officials, utility commissioners, constituent BCSE members and others.
General Policy Positions
A diverse portfolio of energy resources that includes energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas can:
- Lessen congestion on the power grid
- Significantly reduce water use associated with electricity production
- Improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Offer economic development benefits
- Promote energy security
A diverse portfolio of energy resources that includes clean energy technologies can benefit overall energy system reliability. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy believes that existing underutilized generation, clean new generation, demand and supply-side energy efficiency, and demand response can create flexibilities to alleviate concerns regarding reliability.
Furthermore, the Council believes that these generation and efficiency resources can be coupled with timely, market responsive infrastructure improvements in the areas of transmission, alternative energy, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and natural gas pipelines in order to further enhance system efficiency and reliability.
While recent federal regulations may present some localized challenges with respect to reliability and consumer costs, the Council believes that all these resources, along with key policy mechanisms implemented by public utility commissions or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in appropriate jurisdictions, will spur the developments needed to strengthen the grid and ensure reliability.
State and Regional Climate Change Initiatives
The Council helps to shape emerging and support existing initiatives at the state and regional levels that promote the deployment of clean energy technologies. The Council also monitors state and regional programs that establish mandatory, predictable greenhouse gas markets, including:
- Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
- Western Climate Initiative (WCI)
- Implementation of California Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32)
BCSE State and Regional Policy Committee
The Council’s State and Regional Policy Committee meets at least quarterly and on an as-needed basis when working on special projects. For more information, please contact Colbie Holderness at the Council.
To read the Council’s official public recommendations to these state and regional initiatives, please see Policy Recommendations & Public Statements.