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President Trump’s Budget Threatens U.S. Energy Innovation

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Jeff Benzak

Note: This member op-ed first appeared in Morning Consult on July 14. By Emily Reichert Just as clean energy begins to take flight in the U.S., President Donald Trump is threatening to ground it by eliminating programs which help drive research, development and deployment of clean energy. His disappointing budget plan for 2018, if allowed to […]

Cap-and-Trade is a Boon to Business in California

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Jeff Benzak

By Sig Anderman Last year, California enacted targets to reduce carbon pollution emissions 40 percent by 2030. The most cost-effective way to achieve this goal is Cap-and-Trade, a program that gives emitters flexibility in how they achieve the annual targets, and has already been operating since 2012. A new proposal to expand Cap-and-Trade beyond 2020 […]

California Rightly Taking Lead on Climate

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Bob Keefe

By Bob Keefe, E2 Executive Director As President Trump and his Cabinet continue to ignore the economic benefits of clean energy and economic costs of climate change, it’s clear now that it’s up to states, cities and businesses to lead where our federal government refuses to do so. Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement recently that he will convene a […]

The Public Utilities Commission Did The Right Thing To Advance Colorado’s Clean Energy Economy

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Susan Nedell

By Susan Nedell On the heels of a big win for energy efficiency during the 2017 Colorado legislative session, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) just approved Xcel Energy’s advanced grid and decoupling applications.  These cutting-edge decisions will help increase energy efficiency, conservation, and distributed renewable energy generation for Xcel’s Colorado customers, and will give […]

New E2 study: California has nearly 519,000 clean energy jobs

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Jeff Benzak

  By Mary Solecki California has again put to shame the notion that environmental action comes at a cost to the economy. In fact, California’s economic success is in part due to – not in spite of – its commitment to fight climate change. While the Trump administration twists itself into a pretzel trying to […]

Pulling Out Of Paris A Blow To American Business, Innovation And Jobs

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Jeff Benzak

By Mindy Lubber and Bob Keefe On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” But our would-be jobs president is risking millions of jobs and U.S. economic competitiveness with his short-sighted decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. More than 3 […]

Investing in Infrastructure Can Create Jobs, Drive Economic Growth, and Protect our Environment

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Bob Keefe

By Bob Keefe With President Trump pledging to introduce a $1 trillion infrastructure plan and Senate Democrats releasing their own blueprint, one of the rare bipartisan areas of agreement these days is the need to improve America’s aging infrastructure. Both sides of the aisle support infrastructure modernization because they keep hearing from their business-minded constituents […]

A big win for Colorado: Energy efficiency bill signed by the Governor!

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Susan Nedell

By Susan Nedell After a roller coaster of a legislative session, a broad coalition of business and environmental groups has prevailed, with the legislative passage of a ten-year extension of Colorado’s utility energy efficiency programs. With just over 24 hours left in the session, the bill passed with four Republican votes and the entire Democratic […]

Businesspeople Stand Up, Speak Out for Clean Energy, Climate Policies

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Bob Keefe

By Bob Keefe E2 Executive Director There were scientists in lab coats and schoolkids from the Bronx and Lorax-lovers carrying Dr. Seussian-like Truffula trees. But also among the 200,000 participants in the People’s Climate March in Washington were Silicon Valley investors, corporate ­CEOs and working-class Americans from all across the country. The message they carried […]

New Fellowship Program Supports Young Professionals Who Want to Make a Difference in the World

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Bob Keefe

By Bob Keefe E2 Executive Director In January, the Deloitte consulting firm released its annual survey of millennial professionals in the workplace. Findings from the survey of nearly 8,000 young professionals were telling: 76 percent said they regard business as a force for positive social change 62 percent said business leaders are committed to social […]