Clean Energy Industries Call for Strong U.S. Leadership in Expansion of Global Clean Energy Markets
Washington, DC – October 7, 2009: At a Congressional hearing held today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on “Growing U.S. Trade in Green Technology,” BCSE President Lisa Jacobson testified on the Council’s views on initiatives to expand U.S. clean energy technology exports that will support U.S. manufacturing and domestic job creation.
Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL) opened the hearing by encouraging his colleagues in Congress to help “significantly increase our exports, help deploy clean technologies to developing countries and to assist them in addressing climate change, spur economic growth and create job opportunities for all American workers.” In his remarks, the Chairman also stressed that “The current global movement toward a green economy is an opportunity we must not miss and will not miss.”
“Given the global nature of clean energy markets – especially for solar, wind and efficiency products and components – the U.S. has the opportunity to embark on an aggressive and sustained strategy to expand domestic manufacturing and U.S. exports in these sectors,” commented Lisa Jacobson.
On behalf of Business Council for Sustainable Energy, an industry coalition of energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas businesses and trade associations in the United States, Lisa Jacobson highlighted six potential areas for Congress and the United States to focus on to achieve the goal of expanding U.S. clean technology exports:
1. Establishment of strong domestic markets will build the foundation for manufacturing and exports.
2. Free and fair trade policy that includes liberalization of tariff and non-tariff trade barriers to clean energy products and services.
3. Continued protection of intellectual property rights of firms that invest and offer innovations to the marketplace.
4. Flexible and innovative government financing to support U.S. firms abroad and to support capacity-building and the regulatory and institutional frameworks required to open new markets to clean energy products and services.
5. Expansion of clean energy technology export promotion programs.
6. Global agreements on climate change and the establishment of a global price on carbon.
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BCSE Commends Senate Introduction of Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act
Washington, DC – September 30, 2009: The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, an industry coalition of energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas businesses and trade associations, commends Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on the introduction of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009.
“Senators Kerry and Boxer have long been leaders on the issue of global climate change. As the chairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee respectively, these two Senators will play a key role in shaping the American response to climate change and in demonstrating American leadership to this global problem,” said Lisa Jacobson, Council president.
“The introduction of this legislation on the heels of House passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act brings us closer to enactment of legislation to establish a strong, meaningful market-based climate change program.”
The Council commends Senators Kerry and Boxer for their leadership, as well as the many other Senators who have been working on this legislation for many long months. The Council also recognizes the hard work of their staffs toward making the introduction of this legislation a reality.
The Council looks forward to working with Senators to ensure that the cost containment, energy independence and environmental benefits of existing clean energy sources and technologies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas are included in the bill. These technologies will be critical especially in the early years of the program.
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Ads Urge Action on Federal Energy, Climate Legislation
Washington, D.C., September 22, 2009 - A newspaper ad campaign showing real U.S. workers employed in clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania’s renewable energy and energy efficiency industries has begun appearing throughout the state, heralding the launch of the Clean Energy Business Campaign for America.In coming months, the campaign will place such print ads around the country, featuring the true-life stories of such workers in other states.
It is part of an educational media campaign aimed at demonstrating the wide scope and large number of jobs that clean energy investments can bring to the U.S. economy and stimulating a grassroots movement in support of clean energy and climate change legislation. The advertisements urge investments in clean energy to avoid losing ground “to other countries that are more aggressively investing in clean energy technology.”
Comprised of a diverse group of business associations representing a wide range of clean energy industries, the clean energy campaign includes the American Wind Energy Association, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Hydropower Association, and the National Save Energy Coalition, the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
“Congress is engaged in a historic debate on clean energy and climate change policies that will determine America’s economic future and global competitiveness for decades to come,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “This coalition believes that it is imperative that we move toward a lower-carbon, energy efficient economy to maintain our leadership role and to attract business and manufacturing to the U.S. through the promise of a sustainable business environment.”
“We believe that voices from the business sector must deliver a strong message to Congress stating that clean energy and climate change policies will bring us a strong economy and create jobs,” said Business Council for Sustainable Energy President Lisa Jacobson. “Sustained growth in clean energy sectors is vital to our country’s financial recovery.”
The Clean Energy Business Campaign for America is a broad-based group of clean energy industry groups that have joined together to support enactment of strong clean energy and climate change policies to create U.S. jobs and foster economic growth. The coalition is supporting paid and earned media in states throughout the U.S. that feature real workers in clean energy jobs.
BCSE Insights on Senate Debate:
Climate Change Bill Postponed By Senate
by Christopher Joyce
All Things Considered, National Public Radio, July 10, 2009
After two days of hearings, Democratic leaders agreed to mothball the measure until September. They blamed a full schedule on health care reform and the president's Supreme Court nominee for the delay. But it was clear from its brief moment in the spotlight that the climate bill, which puts a national cap on emissions of greenhouse gases, faces withering opposition from Republicans. They say it will cost consumers too much and hurt American business. Bill backers say it will create a new green economy and is necessary to avoid devastating climate change. …
BCSE President Lisa Jacobson offered insight into the postponed Senate debate. "Some states are more resource-rich in coal," says Jacobson. "Others are the Saudi Arabia of wind energy, or they have strong solar resources." Each will want the bill to include a slice of the energy pie for its home-state businesses. Jacobson adds that the hobbled economy is also shaping the demands senators are making; Midwestern states are particularly hard hit by unemployment.
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Clean Energy Industries Praise Passage of Landmark Climate and Energy Bill
Historic House Vote Shows US Leadership in Climate Protection and Clean Energy
Washington, DC – June 26, 2009: The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (the Council), commends the U.S. House of Representatives for its historic vote to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES).
“This landmark vote sends a strong signal to capital markets and world community that the US is ready to be a leader in the clean energy economy and in the global challenge of protecting the climate,” said Council President Lisa Jacobson.
The Council has long supported adoption of comprehensive and market-based climate change and energy legislation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act establishes a national, market-based approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions with vital cost containment and energy policies as well as incentives that will deploy existing clean energy technologies.
“The comprehensive approach to energy and climate change policy adopted by the bill provides regulatory clarity and sends strong and long-term signals to the market to invest in existing clean energy technologies—such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas,” Jacobson said.
While strengthening of the legislation is still needed, House passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is a critical step in the legislative process. The Council and its members look forward to working with Members of the Congress to improve and enact the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
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BCSE Calls for International Financing and Technology Transfer to Include Clean Energy
Bonn, Germany – June 1, 2009 – At the opening plenary session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty negotiations, BCSE president Lisa Jacobson delivered specific recommendations on behalf of the International Council of Sustainable Energy and the Global Wind Energy Council regarding how technology transfer and private finance are key elements to a successful international agreement in Copenhagen this December.
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Clean Energy Industries Urge Congress to Pass and Strengthen the American Clean Energy & Security Act
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy – a coalition of clean energy companies and trade associations – urges House passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act to put the nation on the path towards a clean energy economy—protecting our environment and creating thousands of US jobs.
Why Clean Energy Businesses Support Passage of ACES
The nation is on the cusp of transforming the way we generate, distribute and use energy. To keep up with expected increases in energy demand and to address the challenge of global climate change, significant investment in the energy sector will be needed in the next several decades.
- Businesses need predictability to know where to direct capital investments. The comprehensive approach to energy and climate change policy adopted by ACES provides regulatory clarity and sends strong and long-term signals to the market to invest in existing clean energy technologies – such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas.
- US businesses stand ready to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs. ACES provides clear and lasting clean energy policies and incentives that will create enduring markets. This will unleash billions of investment dollars for clean energy.
For more information, please see:
- Fact Sheet on ACES – Why Clean Energy Businesses Support ACES
- US map that provides analysis of the impact of ACES on annual monthly electricity bills, per state
BCSE Urges House to Pass H.R. 2454
Improvements to Bill Needed Before Final Enactment
June 23, 2009, Washington, DC: In a letter sent to members of the House of Representatives today, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (the Council), an industry coalition of energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas businesses and trade associations, urged passage of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
“House passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is a critical step in the process to advancing federal climate and energy legislation,” said Council President Lisa Jacobson.
The Council has long supported adoption of comprehensive and market-based climate change and energy legislation that sends signals to capital markets to invest in existing clean energy technologies. H.R. 2454 makes strides to incorporate this approach in several areas.
As possible House action approaches this week, the Council looks forward to working with Congress to improve H.R. 2454 where possible. Several areas for improvement include:
- Strengthening the Renewable Electricity and Energy Efficiency Standards – with stronger near-term renewable energy and energy efficiency targets that protect current jobs and create new jobs
- Allocating allowances to spur private capital flows as well as to ensure consumer benefit through expanding support for energy efficiency and renewable energy, with allowances going directly to renewable generators, consumers and clean energy project investors
- Adoption of clean energy tax incentives
- Expanding offset opportunities by removing the discounting of international offsets and providing clarity on international offset eligibility
Ensuring flexibility through market-mechanisms and financial instruments to allow businesses to manage risks and protect consumers
“We cannot afford to further delay action on this legislation,” said Jacobson. “While strengthening is needed, House passage of H.R 2454 puts the nation on the path towards a clean energy economy—protecting our environment and creating thousands of U.S. jobs.”
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Council Members Participate in Senate Green Jobs Summit
June 18, 2009, Washington, DC - Several Council members participated the Senate Democratic Green Jobs Leadership summit on June 17, hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chair, Steering and Outreach Committee. The aim of the Green Jobs Leadership Summit was to bring together a diverse cross-section of businesses and organizations that are investing in clean energy, and driving innovation which will lead the country to a clean energy economy. Vice-President Joe Biden delivered the afternoon keynote address.
BCSE members in attendance at the Summit included the American Wind Energy Association, Brookfield Renewable Power, Energy Conversion Devicses, Environmental Power, Iberdrola Renewables, Johnson Controls, National Hydropower Association, Orion Energy Systems, PG&E, Solar Energy Industries Association, and Voith Hydro among others.
Addressing Cost Concerns in the Climate Debate -- Focus on Offsets
By Lisa Jacobson
June 10, 2009 - After hundreds of Congressional hearings and over a dozen legislative proposals, the House of Representatives took historic and concrete action last month to advance federal climate change legislation. Through a largely collegial and efficient committee “mark-up” of the American Climate and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), a deal was reached that earned the support of several conservative Democrats and one Republican. The bill establishes a national cap-and-trade program -- with opportunities for domestic and international offsets to help meet compliance obligations while containing costs -- as well as incorporating critical complementary energy policies.....
Offsets have an important role to play in the coming debates over ACES, both because they provide one of the best rebuttals to anti-cap and trade arguments about cost concerns, but also because they truly have a role to play in moderating the blow of energy cost increases in the short term while still promoting emission reductions outside of the cap. Furthermore, the combination of emissions trading and offsets drives over-performance and technology innovation and deployment, especially when a broad set of offset projects are eligible.