E2 Weekly Update — State of the Union reinforces support for dirty energy

In his 80-minute State of the Union speech Tuesday night, President Trump did not once mention clean energy and its more than 3 million workers. Instead, the president reinforced his support for dirty energy.

We have ended the war on American Energy and we have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.” — President Trump in his State of the Union speech

Of course, there has never been a “war” on coal or any other energy source in America. And even though it’s clear the Trump administration is content to support coal, gas, and oil while ignoring the fastest-growing energy source in our country — clean energy — that doesn’t mean we can’t make progress in the Trump era.

On the federal level, E2 is working hard to help protect auto efficiency standards that are driving American innovation and jobs. We’re pushing back against offshore drilling that threatens our coastal economies. And in the states, we continue to make progress on clean energy standards from California to Massachusetts and all in-between.
 
For a full reaction on the president’ speech last night, join E2 and NRDC at 1pm EST for a discussion by clicking here. Participating with us will be Rep. Paul Tonko (NY), co-chair of the congressional Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Ana Unruh Cohen, NRDC’s managing director of government affairs, and myself.

— Grant Carlisle, Advocacy Director


Digitalization Could Provide $38 Billion in Benefits to Energy (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

Colorado governor releases state’s electric vehicle plans, saying “we know that we can have a cleaner option” (Denver Post)

California will put 5 million electric cars on the road by 2030, Gov. Jerry Brown says (Los Angeles Times)

New York rolls out ‘master plan’ to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind (Utility Dive)

Utility CEO: new renewables will be cheaper than existing coal plants by the early 2020s (Vox)

Unlikely partnerships are shaping the car industry of tomorrow (OZY)


FEDERAL

  • In an about face, the EPA announced on January 26, that it would keep in place proposed restrictions on the Pebble mine project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The current administration had so far supported the project and worked to undo older restrictions placed on it. E2 submitted this comment in 2017, opposing the project.

STATES

  • California — Last Tuesday, E2 joined a coalition of environmental and health organizations, business groups, and clean fuel providers to meet with and educate more than 20 state legislators and their staff on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
  • Pennsylvania — E2 sent out an action alert asking Pennsylvania businesses to sign on to a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) telling them to correctly interpret the solar border bill (Act 40) and not to grandfather in all existing out-of-state systems, which would make the law ineffective. — Comments open until February 8.
  • Colorado — E2 and NRDC joined Colorado environmentalists and outdoor businesses to host “Night Zero” last Wednesday — a welcome party for the inaugural Outdoor Retailer show in Denver, Colorado.
  • Oregon — In advance of next week’s February 8 delegation trip to the state capital, an Action Alert will be circulated this week for E2 members to sign supporting the recently introduced cap-and-invest bill.


Washington D.C.

  • First DC Advocacy Trip of 2018tentatively scheduled for February 27–28. For more information contact Grant Carlisle (grant@e2.org).

California

  • Longtime E2-member Jeffrey Bennett will give a talk on his latest book “Global Warming Demystified” in Santa Barbara on February 15. For more information click here. E2 members are invited and encouraged to attend

EPA Hearings to review Clean Power Plan Repeal

  • The Clean Power Plan (the single biggest market signal to increase renewable energy generation and energy efficiency) is on the chopping block at EPA. The agency is holding public comment sessions around the country. Help E2 get clean energy business leaders in the room who can make the case that what is good for the environment is good for the economy.
    If you are interested in getting involved and attending please contact:
  • Micaela Preskill (micaela@e2.org) for the Kansas City, Mo. hearing on February 21.
  • Zach Amittay (zach@e2.org) for the San Francisco, Calif. hearing on February 28.
  • Susan Nedell (susan@e2.org) for the Gillette, Wyo. hearing on March 27.

Colorado

  • Join E2 at the annual Climate Leadership Conference February 28 — March 2 in Denver. This year’s keynote speakers include Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former EPA chief Gina McCarthy; former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, leading climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, CEO of New Belgium Brewing Kim Jordan. Conference details updated here. Register here with 15% Discount Code: CLC-E2–15.

Oregon

  • The push to advance Oregon’s cap-and-invest legislation has begun. An E2 delegation is taking a trip to the state capital on February 8 to advocate for its passage along with a host of media outreach and opportunities to promote the issue in state. Please reach out to Zach Amittay (zach@e2.org) or Michael Timberlake to get involved (michael@e2.org)

Arizona

  • E2 Chairman and Co-Founder Nicole Lederer will be moderating a cleantech policy panel at GreenBiz 18 on Feb 7, 2018 with three E2 members panelists — Jon Powers (Co-Founder of CleanCapital and former Federal Chief Sustainability Officer at White House CEQ), Emily Reichert (CEO of Greentown Labs), and Tommy Hayes (Policy Partnerships Manager at Lyft). Learn more here.

New York

  • An event on what the Transportation Greenhouse Gas Initiative (TGGI, formerly TCI) means for New Yorkers in and around NYC is being planned for mid-spring. Watch for more details from Noah Dubin (noah@e2.org).

New England

  • E2 New England is planning an event focused on microgrids and storage, as they relate to resilience and reliability, for mid-spring. Watch for more details from Noah Dubin (noah@e2.org).

“Trump’s ‘energy dominance’ message lauds older technologies and ignores the overwhelming growth in #cleanenergy and the millions of Americans working in it.” — E2 Advocacy Dir Grant Carlisle on Trump #SOTU #renewables
Major utility CEO says #renewables set to be cheaper than coal and nuclear plants by early 2020s. http://bit.ly/2nm4xiO
What is the State of #CleanEnergy in 2018? The answers are in the States. New York eyes 2.4 GW 5,000 jobs with its offshore wind plan while California aims for 5 million zero-emissions cars. #SOTU