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President’s View: Renewed Focus on Climate Change Policy Puts Clean Energy Solutions in the Spotlight

The introduction of the Green New Deal has ushered in a new wave of climate change policy conversations in Washington, DC, and is reshaping Congress’ work on energy, infrastructure and tax policy. This focus has led to the development of climate change policy proposals and a series of exploratory hearings in Congress. In March, BCSE was invited to testify at the first climate change hearing convened by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in seven years. Senators spoke to the need of durable, practical, affordable and bipartisan policies to address climate change. The message from that hearing was clear; commercially-available clean energy technology deployment along with strategic investments in next phase technologies are a foundation for bipartisan action in the short-term.
 
BCSE's Climate Change Policy Statement calls for the adoption of market-based approaches at the federal level to reduce emissions, as well as complimentary policies to accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies and enhance resilience.
 
BCSE believes that there are bipartisan actions that Congress can take this year that will set us on a constructive pathway towards these goals, including:
  • Robust investment in research, development and deployment (RD&D) initiatives that are widely supported and can be adopted now
  • Legislation to spur much needed investment in modernizing and improving the resilience of US infrastructure, which includes our energy systems, buildings and transport
  • Energy and tax proposals that will advance the deployment of a full suite of clean energy technologies
BCSE will work with Congress in the coming months on these opportunities as it works to build support for a market-based federal climate change policy.

BCSE Updates

BCSE is pleased to welcome two new members:

  
Brookfield Renewable owns and operates one of the world’s largest renewable power portfolios, anchored by 218 hydroelectric facilities. The portfolio includes 930 renewable power facilities in North America, South America, Europe, India and China with a combined installed capacity of 18,000 megawatts.

The Coefficient Group is a Washington, DC, based strategic consulting practice that combines legal, government relations and corporate advisory services specializing in managing energy and environmental risks and investments.
BCSE 2019 Activities Recap
Upcoming BCSE Activities
  • April 30 - Factbook Briefing in Oklahoma City
  • July 11 - Exhibitor at the Clean Energy Expo on Capitol Hill

2019 BCSE Clean Energy Forum

Thank you to all the members that participated in the BCSE 2019 Clean Energy Forum. Thank you also to our hosts, the American Gas Association, and our meeting sponsors, National Propane Gas Association and the Corn Refiners AssociationSee meeting highlights here
 

CEBN Launches New Faces Behind the Facts

Smarter, simpler solar is the theme of the first two Faces Behind the Facts for 2019. Launched in 2018, this project by the Clean Energy Business Network is a companion to the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, and tells the stories of business leaders behind the clean energy industry trends.

Featured Event: Energy Efficiency Global Forum June 11 - 12

The BCSE, as an endorsing organization, invites you to join hundreds of energy efficiency influencers at the 2019 EE Global Forum, being held June 11-12 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Over the last 12 years, EE Global has established itself as the energy efficiency elite’s gathering place – the one event that draws together business executives, government leaders, and advocates from across sectors and continents for actionable dialogues on advancing energy efficiency. This year, EE Global will be Doubling Down on Energy Efficiency, with an agenda focused on facilitating faster, broader implementation of innovative energy efficiency solutions to help mitigate climate change and drive economic growth. For more information, or to make plans to attend, visit www.eeglobalforum.org.

Federal Policy Committee Urges Support for Federal Research, Development and Deployment Funding

The success of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewables in driving increased economic growth, jobs, and lowered emissions is the result of a long-time bipartisan consensus of world class federal research, both pure and applied, successfully linked with industry. Continued federal investment in energy research development and deployment will be needed to continue these trends and to increase the efficiency of our energy generation and use, and to spur new innovations. 
 
The Federal Policy Committee is reaching out to both the House and Senate in support of BCSE FY 2020 research and funding priorities across the federal government, including at the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, State and Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
The Federal Policy Committee’s outreach on appropriations supplements and enhances the work of BCSE members, and will continue to be a focus as congressional committees start to mark up the FY 2020 appropriations bills in late April and May.

Readiness for Resilience Project Supports Communities Impacted by Harvey and Irma

Under the Readiness for Resilience project, the BCSE is working with communities and partners in Texas and Puerto Rico to assist local governments to rebuild in a more resilient way after the 2017 devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Sponsored by Qualcomm Incorporated, the project brings together a consortium of BCSE, Smart Cities Council, NASEO and Texas A&M.
 
A core element of the project is to foster public-private partnerships to leverage government funding through FEMA and HUD for both pre- and post-disaster mitigation and recovery work. The partners held discovery workshops in Puerto Rico and Texas late last year and are currently planning a conference in Galveston, Texas, to refine project needs and discuss a “Smart Technology Roadmap” for impacted communities in the state. A summary of the discovery workshops can be found here and and all BCSE Members are invited to participate.

BCSE Engages in Inter-governmental Action on Climate Change and Clean Energy in 2019

The Council and its members will participate in three major international climate change events in 2019 – a year that will be focused on advancing implementation, finalizing the rules for a new market-based mechanism and enhancing political ambition and financing. These events include: the Bonn Climate Change Conference in Germany, June 17-27; the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York City on September 23; and the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), December 2-13 at the Parque Bicentenario Cerrillos in Santiago, Chile.
 
Council members will also participate at the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial and 4th Mission Innovation Ministerial (CEM10/MI4) which will be held in Vancouver, Canada from May 27-29. As part of CEM10, high-level public-private roundtable discussions will be held on Clean Electricity Enablers, Mobilizing Investment and Financing, Accelerating Energy Efficiency in Industry, and Communities and Workers and Transportation. CEM10/MI-4 is proud to promote Equal by 30, a public commitment by public and private sector organizations to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.

Clean Air and Climate Change Committee Helps Members Understand the Impacts of Climate Change Proposals

As the conversation around climate and carbon policies continues to advance at state and federal levels, the BCSE Clean Air and Climate Change Committee looks to support its members by tracking leading policy proposals and helping members understand how their industries may be impacted. The renewed action on climate change policy brings the Council’s portfolio of clean energy technology solutions to the forefront and the Committee is planning a schedule of internal meetings this spring to discuss and review proposals and to exchange views among members and outside experts. The Council's Climate Policy Principles are available here.

BCSE Shares 2019 Factbook Data in the States

The launch of the 2019 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook provides an excellent opportunity to share the most relevant, up to date data on US energy markets with federal and state policymakers.
 
This year the Council, along with Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM), commissioned another installment of the Minnesota Clean Energy Factsheet, which details state-specific trends in energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy. On March 11, the Council and CEEM met with key Minnesota policymakers to share the data and show the positive story of clean energy in the state. For example, Minnesota has met its 25% renewable energy target ahead of schedule.
 
Coming up soon, the Council will partner with Enel Green Power, a Factbook sponsor, to share the 2019 Factbook with state policymakers in Oklahoma. Briefings are also being planned in Boston, Massachusetts, and Sacramento, California. BCSE has also prepared shorter, one page Factsheets for each state and will be sending them to Governors and their energy staff this spring.