FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2019
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement on Introduction of the “Investing in State Energy Act”
Washington, DC – BCSE President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement on the reintroduction of the “Investing in State Energy Act,” S.185, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jack Reed (D-RI). The legislation would prevent delays in distributing federal grants to state agencies that implement energy initiatives through the State Energy Program (SEP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP):
“The BCSE commends Senators Shaheen, Collins, Coons and Reed, on the reintroduction of this bipartisan piece of legislation to support state energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives which reduce energy costs for low-income households, spur private sector energy innovation, and improve state energy emergency planning and response.
“The Nation's energy infrastructure and delivery systems are vulnerable to many hazards, such as severe weather, earthquakes, wildfires, accidents and errors, physical and cyber-attacks and other events. State energy offices have the primary responsibility for the nation’s energy assurance planning to achieve a robust, secure and reliable energy infrastructure that is also resilient, and to ensure that states restore services rapidly in the event of any disaster. State and local officials work with energy providers and stakeholders from other jurisdictions, government agencies, businesses, and related organizations, to reduce consequences and assure public safety, provide for rapid recovery, and reduce risk and vulnerabilities to critical energy infrastructure. The “Investing in State Energy Act” is an important piece of legislation to ensure that work continues.
BCSE looks forward to reviewing the legislation and working with the sponsors as the legislation is considered.”