FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2018
Contact: Laura Tierney
Congress Funds Critical DOE RD&D Programs in 2019 Spending Bill
Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President, Lisa Jacobson, made the following statement regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 “Minibus” spending bill passed this week by Congress. The minibus includes funding for energy and water programs, including clean energy programs at the Department of Energy (DOE).
“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) wishes to express our appreciation for the steps Congress has taken to enact the first minibus, which includes funding for DOE clean energy programs. We urge the President to quickly sign the legislation to ensure it becomes law before the current fiscal year ends on September 30.
“The market dynamism and innovation we are seeing in the clean energy sector has come as the result of the partnership between the federal government and clean energy industries and from DOE’s world class research, both pure and applied. Congress recognizes this and continues to fund important clean energy programs and to invest in energy research development and deployment that will help to sustain growth in clean energy markets.
“Passage of this critical funding bill was made possible because Congress had earlier enacted a 2-year budget which raised the budget caps for both domestic and defense programs, giving certainty to congressional appropriators. A new budget agreement will be necessary in the next Congress and we hope the new Congress will continue the positive momentum by enacting another long-term budget agreement early next year.”