Some of the nation’s leading clean energy organizations are bringing their forces together next week to observe the first annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), a public awareness and lobbying campaign that will focus on the economic and energy security benefits offered by the clean energy sector.
The week renews the focus on economic and energy security benefits offered by the clean energy sector. These benefits and others will be spotlighted by the industry associations, businesses, non-profits and advocates in the clean energy space who are joining to stage activities in Washington, DC, and across America.
Just a listing of some of the national organizations who comprise NCEW’s Steering Committee is impressive in its broad range and high level of commitment: Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Biomass Power Association (BPA), the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum, Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the National Hydropower Association (NHA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
That’s a list reflecting wind, solar, hydro, biopower, efficiency and other clean energy resources, and their pursuit of an energy future that is as void of carbon emissions as possible. And those interests aim to impress upon policy makers and elected officials next week that the readily abundant and reliable forms of clean energy across this nation are spurring job growth and driving technological innovation.
They intend to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger, and influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions that directly address America’s need for abundant, reliable forms of energy.
Specifically, NCEW forces are set to defend production and investment tax benefits granted by Congress two years ago that are set to continue through 2022. Some in the sector fear lawmakers may try to repeal those tax breaks early during tax code reform debate Congress wants to take up this year.
The trade groups are also expected to use findings from a recently released DOE grid study to reinforce the value of renewables in building and sustaining grid resiliency.
And these advocacy groups are also expected to underscore the value of their industries to the U.S. economy. As pointed out by one of the groups when next week’s observation was announced, the huge increase of renewable generation in electricity markets has made the American renewable energy industry one of the nation’s fastest growing economic sectors. New power generation represents the largest source of private sector infrastructure investment in the United States over the past six years, the groups say.
It’s a $200 billion industry, as large as the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, and it supports 3 million workers across the country. Participants during the week will tell lawmakers that more should be done to support policies that increase investment in cost-competitive renewable and clean energy generation – to harness the nation’s abundant domestic energy resources, drive economic development and help achieve environmental objectives.
The week will highlight innovative technologies that range from solar, wind and demand response to combined heat and power, energy efficiency, energy storage – and everything in between – and are providing reliable energy solutions for the American economy, all while driving down costs for consumers.
These are groups that have come together to influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions that directly address America’s need for abundant, reliable forms of energy. It’s important that policy makers listen to the calls from these clean energy interests and remove barriers to innovation at the federal and state level to expand the deployment of advanced energy and bring secure, clean, reliable, affordable power to all Americans.