Farm Bill energy title programs provide the means for agriculture-based entrepreneurs to launch initiatives to generate jobs and economic development. For America’s farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to continue to be leaders in the development and the advancement of the clean energy economy, it is critical the next Farm Bill reauthorize programs such as the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and other energy title programs. Additionally, Congress should update programs like REAP to add fuel cells and energy storage as eligible technologies. Sign onto the CEBN’s letter to Congress to support a robust suite of programs with strong mandatory funding in the upcoming Farm Bill.
- FAA Reauthorization: Pre-Disaster Mitigation Preparedness and Response through Clean Energy: In light of the myriad of natural threats facing U.S. communities including hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, there is an imminent need to focus national attention on preparation. By strengthening our nation's infrastructure and preparedness, we can reduce devastation and facilitate quicker recovery times when natural disasters strike. Congress recently considered various legislative approaches, including the provisions in the House-passed FAA bill (H.R. 4), to encourage pre-disaster mitigation and response planning. Pre-disaster mitigation can include working to create a more advanced electric grid, more resilient building and transportation infrastructure, the ability to manage load more responsively, and more secure power and fuel supplies. The CEBN sent a letter to Senate leaders in support of these provisions.
- CEBN Outreach on FY 2019 Appropriations: The Administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2019—which begins Oct. 1, 2018—proposes deep cuts or even elimination of a number of clean energy programs, such as Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability, ENERGY STAR, the CHP Partnership Program, and CHP Technical Assistance Program (CHP TAP). 51 CEBN members signed onto a letter sent to the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee. The House and Senate have since passed separate versions of a "minubus" funding package that includes energy and water. The CEBN intends to engage conferees, as they negotiate a final spending package.
- CEBN Outreach on FY 2018 Appropriations: Recently, 86 CEBN members signed onto our fiscal year 2018 appropriations letter to protect funding for clean energy programs (see House and Senate versions). Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 and the President signed the bill into law on March 23. The CEBN and BCSE sent thank you letters to congressional leaders in the House and Senate recognizing them for strong support of clean energy programs and noted case studies of CEBN members profiled in Faces Behind the Facts as examples of the impact of these federal programs.
- CEBN Outreach to Congress on Energy Provisions in Tax Reform: Nearly 80 CEBN members signed onto a letter to Congressional leaders recommending changes to tax reform legislation in conference related to several energy provisions that were under consideration. Related content: Tips on contacting elected officials
- CEBN Outreach on FERC Reliability Pricing Proposal: Members submitted comments for initial deadline of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Reliability and Resiliency Pricing
- CEBN Letter On Tax Priorities: Sent to Senate Finance Committee in response to request for stakeholder input on tax issues
- CEBN Input: Rebuilding the Electric Grid After Recent Hurricanes: Sent to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, various Congressional Leaders, and entered into hearing record for November 14 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands