FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2018
Contact: Laura Tierney
Clean Energy Businesses Applaud New Approach on Resilience in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
Washington, DC – Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President, Lisa Jacobson, made the following statement following passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), which was passed this week along with legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), H.R.302.
“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is pleased to see Congress pass the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, as part of the FAA reauthorization legislation. This represents the most significant improvement to federal disaster recovery programs since the post-Katrina efforts.”
“According to a December 2017 Interim report of the National Institute of Building Sciences, society saves $6 for every $1 spent to mitigate disasters before they strike. The DRRA legislation recognizes these cost savings by focusing on pre-disaster mitigation measures that will ensure the United States will be better prepared for disasters by advancing electric grids, power supplies and building stock that are reliable, more resilient, agile, cost effective, cyber-secure, and environmentally sound.
“The Disaster Recovery Reform legislation continues the momentum in this direction. Certainly, more can be done, but the DRRA is an important step and the Council offers our assistance to work with Congress and federal agencies to advance these efforts.”
The Council launched a strategic dialogue on resilience and reliability during the summer and fall 2018, which has been aimed at defining the role that clean energy technologies play in providing these essential services of resilience and reliability. It is also aimed at identifying measures that can be taken to drive investment and deployment into more resilient and reliable infrastructure.
Congress began to address this issue in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes and wildfires by allowing the federal government to undertake and facilitate more resilient rebuilding of damaged or destroyed grid infrastructure, particularly with respect to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.