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BCSE In Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 15, 2019
Contact:  Laura Tierney
Email:   ltierney@bcse.org
Office:   202.785.0507

BCSE Urges FEMA to Include Clean, Resilient Energy Infrastructure for Disaster Mitigation

Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) submitted comments today to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding the development and implementation of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program under the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act (DRRA), P L. 115-254. 

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement:

“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy worked with its business and trade association members and other partners to advocate for enactment of the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act (DRRA) during the 115th Congress, including the authorization of the six percent set aside of disaster relief funds, which is now to become Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. 

“We are pleased to see FEMA move to implement the BRIC program and we encourage its use to help communities across the U.S. to deploy innovative energy programs and infrastructure that is clean and resilient, using readily available renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas and energy storage technologies.

“As FEMA implements the BRIC program, and as the Agency funds projects through the program, the Agency should recognize that the energy system is critical infrastructure and that systems in the transportation, water, waste and the built environment overlap significantly with energy.”

Please find here the BCSE’s complete comments to FEMA and examples of the types of projects the Council urges FEMA to consider as it develops guidance for project eligibility under the BRIC program. 

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