Clean Power Plan Advocacy


California

  • E2 Western States Advocate quoted in the Los Angeles Times, “California is ahead of the game as Obama releases Clean Power Plan.” (August 4, 2015)
  • E2 Northern California Chapter Director Jon Foster in BBC World Report, “Is clean energy good for the economy?” (August 4, 2015)
  • E2 Focus Meetings featuring the President’s Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, Kate Brandt: E2 hosted two focus meetings in Palo Alto and San Francisco with Kate Brandt, who discussed the White House plan for America’s clean energy future with E2 members. (May 7, 2015)
  • Sacramento Advocacy Trip: E2 members spent a day speaking with legislators and their staff at California’s Capitol. Members expressed business leader support of California’s crucial upcoming climate legislation. (March 19, 2015)
  • E2 member Mark Bauhaus in Sacramento’s Capitol Weekly, “Clean energy deserves strong backing from business.” (March 16, 2015)
  • California Climate Leadership Forum: E2 members and staff attended the event featuring speakers Governor Jerry Brown; Tom Steyer of NextGen Climate America; Senator Kevin de Leon; Assemblymember Toni Atkins; and Pablo Gomez of Alliance for Climate Education. The Forum’s panels discussed strategies for continuing California’s climate success in 2015. E2 was a co-sponsor of the event. (December 15, 2014)
  • Luncheon in Silicon Valley, featuring White House CEQ Acting Chair Mike Boots: Boots discussed the carbon standards and what they mean to businesses with E2 members and allies. The event was co-hosted by Bloom Energy. (June 19, 2014)
  • Green Sports Alliance Summit: E2 members participated in the event, providing a business perspective in dialogue around better environmental practices and proven solutions that help to advance the green sports movement. (July 21, 2014)

Colorado

Several speakers at E2@15 Winds of Change Denver event. Pictured (left to right): E2 Rocky Mountains Advocate, Susan Nedell; Representative Jeni Arndt; Representative Mike Foote; Representative Max Tyler; E2 Executive Director, Bob Keefe; Senator Matt Jones; E2 Chapter Director Michael Rucker

 

  • Letter to Colorado’s General Assembly opposing SB15-258, which would affect Colorado’s ability to create its own Clean Power Plan implementation plan. (April 17, 2015)
  • E2 member Joel Serface, “Colorado proves that clean electricity is reliable electricity” (February 25, 2015)
  • “More Jobs, Less Carbon–and Smarter, Energy Efficient Buildings” EcoSalon: E2 members had the opportunity to hear first-hand how the Denver City Energy Project will support innovative, practical solutions that cut energy waste, boost local economies, and reduce harmful pollution. The evening also offered insight on how the Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution, address climate change, and create new business opportunities in Colorado and Washington, DC. (October 28, 2014)
  • Letter to Gov. John W. Hickenlooper expressing E2’s support for the President’s Clean Power Plan. (May 27, 2014)
  • E2 member Erin Geegan Sharp in The Denver Post, “Colorado businesses should support Clean Power Plan” (July 24, 2014)
  • E2 member Erin Geegan Sharp in Daily Camera (Boulder, CO), “Colorado’s economy, environment will benefit from new EPA carbon standards” (July 5, 2014)
  • “Powering Forward to Drive Clean Energy” with former Gov. Bill Ritter: E2’s event highlighted how carbon standards can help drive Colorado’s economy forward and help Front Range businesses succeed. (July 1, 2014)

Florida

  • E2 member Steve Rutherford in Orlando Sentinel, “For Florida’s veterans, more clean energy means more jobs” (November 1, 2014)
  • Letter to Gov. Rick Scott from E2 members and other businesses in Florida to call for a strong Clean Power Plan response. (October 30, 2014) 
  • Climate Solutions Summit: E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe spoke at Eckerd’s College in St. Petersburg at the Climate Solutions Summit, emphasizing Florida’s potential to grow its clean energy industry through carbon reduction strategies. (October 4, 2014) 
  • Clean Jobs Florida Report: More than 130,000 Floridians currently work at 14,000-plus clean energy businesses spread almost equally across the state, according to a first-of-its kind Florida clean jobs census released by E2, Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE), and the Florida Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition. (October 2014)

Illinois

  • E2 15th Anniversary Midwest Summit: Clean Energy, Clean Water, and the Future of the Midwest: E2 held its first Summit in Chicago to celebrate our 15th anniversary, where we discussed business opportunity for both the Clean Power Plan and clean water policy. (June 24, 2015)
E2 Midwest Chapter Director, Peter Lobin, moderates a panel on water policy during E2’s 15th Anniversary Midwest Summit.

 

  • Letter to Gov. Pat Quinn from E2 members and other businesses in Illinois to call for a strong Clean Power Plan response from the Governor. (September 19, 2014) 
  • E2 Hosts Chairman Scott: E2 hosted Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Doug Scott to hear Illinois’ approach to the Clean Power Plan, with explanations about the opportunities and challenges the Plan presents for the state. (September 16, 2014)
  • Chicago Business Roundtable: E2 and NRDC, along with local partners Elevate Energy and CET, hosted a business event in Chicago. E2 also participated in an event with the Chicago mayor’s office that included executives from companies such as Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Schneider Electric. (May 27, 2014)
  • Letter to Gov. Pat Quinn expressing E2’s support of the President’s Clean Power Plan. (May 13, 2014)
  • Focus Meeting for E2 Members: state business leaders discussed the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution limits on power plants, and how they help shape a bright future for Illinois’ economy and environment in Normal, Illinois. (July 28, 2014)
  • Clean Air + Clean Energy = Good Business Roundtable: E2, NRDC, Elevate Energy, The Clean Energy Trust and other Chicago-area business leaders met to discuss the background on the EPA’s carbon standards, and how they can help shape them for Illinois’ environment and economy. (July 7, 2014)
  • Clean Jobs Illinois ReportPublished by Clean Energy Trust in partnership with E2, Environmental Law & Policy Center, and NRDC, this comprehensive report shows there are more than 96,000 clean energy jobs in Illinois. (March 2014)

Iowa

  • Iowa State Fair Clean Power Plan Panel: E2 member Tim Dwight organized a panel at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, which covered the benefits of the Clean Power Plan for all clean energy sectors. On the panel was Emily Rice, an E2 member in the Iowa energy efficiency sector, representatives from the wind, renewable fuels and solar industry. (August 16, 2015)
Clean Power Plan Panel at Iowa State Fair (August 16, 2015)
Left to right: Gail Parson, E2 Midwest Advocate; Rob Hach of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, Emily Rice of The Energy Group; Grant Menke of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association; Warren McKenna of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association; and Tim Dwight of iPower Corporation.

 

  • Meeting with Governor Branstad: E2 business leaders and advocates met with the Gov. Branstad to discuss the economic benefits of cutting carbon. (August 6, 2014)
Iowa’s Governor Branstad (seated) with the E2 delegation on August 6, 2014.

 

  • E2 member Troy Van Beek in The Des Moines Register, “Gov. Branstad should embrace clean power plan” (August 5, 2014)
  • Letter to Governor Branstad expressing E2’s support of the Clean Power Plan in Iowa. (August 4, 2014)
  • Carbon Standards Communications Event: E2 held the event in Des Moines for business, evangelical, military and other representatives. On June 25, we had meetings with Gov. Branstad’s office, Sen. Grassley’s office, other lawmakers and policymakers, and the Des Moines Register. (June 24, 2014)
  • Business Luncheon Meeting in Des Moines: the luncheon focused on how acting on climate change could benefit Iowa. Earlier that same day we participated in a breakfast business/climate change event with the Des Moines Mayor’s office. (April 30, 2014)
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Our E2 delegation in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 25, 2014.

 

Maryland

  • Clean Energy Rally: E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe spoke at a clean energy rally in Annapolis, expressing E2’s support of doubling Maryland’s renewable energy standard as it not only protects the environment, but also super-charges the market for clean energy jobs in the state. (January 14, 2015)
Bob Keefe was one of many to speak to dozens of Maryland activists at a clean energy rally on January 14, 2015. Photo Credit: Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Massachusetts

  • E2 15th Anniversary Luncheon with Senator Elizabeth Warren: E2 celebrated its 15th anniversary in our New England chapter with a luncheon with Senator Warren. Warren discussed the new, clean energy economy that has the potential to change our economic landscape with over 70 E2 members and guests. (June 26, 2015)
Senator Elizabeth Warren with E2 Chapter Directors and staff at E2’s 15th anniversary luncheon in Boston, MA.

 

  • “Energy Infrastructure: What is It and How Can We Get It Right?” EcoSalon: E2 members were joined in Boston by Dr. Karen Wayland, Deputy Director, Office of Energy Policy & Systems Analysis, Department of Energy (DOE); and Kit Kennedy, Director, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC to discuss the future of energy–the infrastructure, policies and actions to meet our energy, climate, reliability and security needs. (December 2, 2014)
  • “Local Action: National & Global Impact” EcoSalon: E2 members attended the event in Boston with several panelists invited to discuss the concept of acting locally to impact global climate change. Panelists included Geoff Chapin, Founder & CEO of Next Step Living; Gary Cohen, President & Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm; and Brian Swett of the City of Boston. (September 30, 2014)
  • Member meeting on the carbon standards work: E2 members met up to discuss and explore ways to amplify RGGI clean energy success stories to other states. (June 16, 2014)

Michigan

  • Michigan Small Business Poll: E2 released a survey showing that approximately 90 percent of Michigan business leaders favor state-based action to reduce carbon emissions to help meet the standards in the federal Clean Power Plan. (August 4, 2015)
  • Letter to Gov. Rick Snyder from E2 members and other businesses in Michigan to call for strong implementation of the Clean Power Plan in Michigan. (November 26, 2014) 
Panelists spoke to thirty business leaders at a roundtable event in Kalamazoo on September 3, 2014. Panelists included Kalamazoo Mayor, Bobby Hopewell; Gail Parson, E2’s Midwest States Advocate; and Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director of  the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (standing).

 

  • Business Roundtable Event Co-Hosted with the Michigan League of Conservation VotersHosted in Kalamazoo, attendees discussed clean and renewable energy possibilities in the state of Michigan. E2’s Midwest States Advocate, Gail Parson, served on the event’s panel to discuss E2’s support of the Clean Power Plan. (September 3, 2014)
  • Traverse City Roundtable: E2 hosted a roundtable discussion with Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes and Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Conversation topics included clean energy, climate change, and its impacts on the Great Lakes and its tourism industry. (August 12, 2014)
  • Roundtable Discussion with City OfficialsE2 members and city officials discussed clean energy and climate change in the state of Michigan at the roundtable in Marquette. (July 24, 2014)
  • Event with Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters: E2 members participated in the event that attracted nearly 40 local business leaders. (May 28, 2014)
  • Letter to Gov. Rick Snyder expressing E2’s support of the Clean Power Plan. (May 13, 2014)
  • Business Roundtable Event with the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce: on that attracted more than a dozen local business leaders. (April 17, 2014)

Missouri 

New Hampshire

  • Good Environment + Good Government = Good Business Focus Meeting: E2 and New Hampshire CleanTech Council hosted an informal discussion for New Hampshire business leaders in Concord about how we can help shape a future that’s bright for New Hampshire’s economy and environment. Speakers provided insight on how the state can comply and benefit from the new carbon rules, and why it’s important for businesses to get involved. (September 18, 2014)

New York 

  • People’s Climate March: E2 members participated in demanding global action on climate change in New York City. (September 21, 2014)
  • “A New Energy Vision for New York State – New Models, New Markets” EcoSalon: Guest speaker Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York and former Chair of Global Financing Group at Goldman Sachs, gave E2 members an opportunity to learn first-hand about New York’s transition to a low carbon economy, and talk about its opportunities for business at this New York City event. (September 25, 2014)

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

  • E2 member Andrea Wittchen in The Morning Call, “Andrea Wittchen: Alternative energy can help Pa. reach Clean Power Plan goals” (October 20, 2015)
  • Philadelphia Business Roundtable: Local business and community members met to discuss how to shape a clean energy future that’s good for Pennsylvania’s economy and environment. Speakers provided insight on the federal Clean Power Plan and other federal, state and local policies relating to clean energy and climate, their impact on Pennsylvania, and why business leaders should get involved. (April 22, 2015)
  • Clean Jobs Pennsylvania Report: More than 57,000 Pennsylvanians currently work at 4,200 clean energy businesses statewide, according to a first-of-its-kind clean energy jobs report released by nonpartisan business groups Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) and E2. (November 2014)
  • Letter to Gov. Corbett expressing E2’s support of the Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania. (August 13, 2014)

Tennessee

  • Clean Jobs Tennessee Report: About 45,000 Tennesseans work at 2,600 employers operating in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation, and greenhouse gas management and accounting sectors, according to a clean energy jobs census released by E2. (July 29, 2015)

Virginia

  • The Next Deployment: Clean Energy; How Smart Policy + Clean Energy = Good Jobs for Vets Roundtable: E2 hosted a roundtable in Arlington, VA with members, allies, and guests on the topic of clean energy in the state of Virginia. The discussion was guided by three perspectives: clean energy technology, clean energy and its national security implications, and how the federal Clean Power Plan and state renewable and energy efficiency policies will drive growth in the clean energy sector and create jobs for veterans. (July 9, 2015)
  • Letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe from E2 members in Virginia and other businesses in the state, calling for strong implementation of the Clean Power Plan in Virginia. (November 17, 2014)
  • More Jobs, Less Carbon: How Good Policy + A Good Environment = Good Business Focus Meeting: The City of Roanoke and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) invited local business and community leaders to an informal forum about how you they help shape a clean energy future in Virginia. (September 23, 2014)
  • Virginia Business Polling: E2 polling data shows that the majority of Virginia small businesses support carbon pollution limits. It is clear that Virginia’s business community wants more clean, renewable energy – and the jobs and economic growth that come with it. (September 19, 2014)
  • E2 Chapter Director Dave Belote in the Roanoke Times, Green energy saves taxpayers money” (August 2, 2014)
  • Letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe expressing E2’s support of the Clean Power Plan. (May 30, 2014) 

Washington ​

National

  • Letter to US Senate, co-signed by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), opposing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions to disapprove of standards that will result in the reduction of carbon emissions from existing power plants by up to 32 percent by 2030. (November 13, 2015)
  • Letter to Congress supporting the finalized Clean Power Plan. (September 15, 2015)
  • E2 Washington, DC Advocacy Trip 2015: A delegation of E2 members from across the country spent two days meeting with lawmakers and their staff. From the business perspective, members advocated clean energy policies like the Clean Power Plan, and supported a new transportation bill that prioritizes innovation, lowers environmental impacts and increases economic efficiency. (April 27-29, 2015)
  • Letter to Congress opposing Rep. Whitfield’s “Ratepayer Protection Act, a bill designed to block needed EPA standards to reduce carbon pollution. (April 15, 2015)
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Our E2 delegation in front of the White House during  the fourth-annual Washington, DC Forum on November 18, 2014.

 

  • Letter to Environmental Protection Agency from E2 members supporting taking action on climate change, supporting the proposed Clean Power Plan, and believing the Plan should be improved to better reflect the feasibility of clean energy in the U.S. (December 1, 2014)
  • Fourth-Annual Washington, DC Forum: E2 members from the across the country received hands-on advocacy and media training from experts, attended high-level briefings with senior government officials and thought leaders on current policy debates, and met with leaders in Congress and the Administration on legislative initiatives. Delegates specifically acquired a perspective on the President’s Clean Power Plan, and E2’s strategy to move it forward at the federal and state levels. (November 18, 2014)
  • Meeting with Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ): E2 members sat down with staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality to discuss business leaders’ thoughts on the Clean Power Plan. (November 18, 2014)
  • Cities Leading on Climate Action: Low Carbon/High Impact Policies Prove Profitable TeleSalon: E2 members and allies listened to E2’s teleson to discuss cities that already have strong policies in place to reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change was led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Susan Ruffo; C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group’s Seth Schultz; and the City of Orlando’s Office of Sustainability & Energy’s Chris Castro. (October 22, 2014)
  • E2 member Mitchell Beer in iPolitics, With climate change, crisis equals opportunity”  (September 4, 2014)
  • E2 member Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) with EPA Clean Power Plan Public Comment, “Testimony: Climate Change and the Threat to National Security” (July 24, 2014)
  • Conference Call with Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: E2 Members participated in a discussion about what the Clean Power Plan means for America’s businesses on a call with Administrator McCarthy. (July 24, 2014)
  • Carbon Pollution Standards Overview Telesalon: E2 members and allies on listen in on a discussion of carbon standards, featuring: White House senior adviser Dan Utech; Illinois Commerce Commission Chair Doug Stone; NRDC’s Ben Longstreth, and E2 members Geoff Chapin, CEO of Next Step Living, and Sheeraz Haji, CEO of Cleantech Group. (June 12, 2014)

In the Media 


Media Coverage

E2’s Q3 2015 Clean Energy Jobs Report (November 2015). The report was covered by several media outlets nationwide.

E2’s Clean Jobs Missouri Report (April 2015). The report was covered by several media outlets nationwide.

E2’s Clean Jobs Ohio Report (March 2015). The report was covered by several media outlets in the Midwest.

E2’s Q4 and Year-End Clean Energy Jobs Report (March 2015) The report was covered by nearly 50 media outlets nationwide.E2 Comments on Clean Power Plan (December 2014)

Clean Power Plan Announcement (June 2014)

N.C. Polling Release (June 2014)

 Staff Blogs

Press Releases​