• Optimism for 2018

    By Bob Keefe, Executive Director

    A little more than two years ago, I was in Paris with E2 members from across the country celebrating the most important climate agreement the world has ever known. Oh, how times have changed. President Trump abandoned the Paris climate accord, leaving the United States as the only nation not doing its part to fight global climate change. EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt has started rolling back the federal Clean Power Plan, the core of the U.S.... More »

  • 1 Hotels Fellowship Program Launches

    By Gail Parson, Director of Membership & State Engagement

    Last November, E2 was thrilled to formally announce the 10 inaugural fellows for our new E2 1 Hotels Fellowship Program, an initiative aimed at advancing our advocacy work and developing new leaders. This fellowship was made possible through a generous personal donation from Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels founder and chairman & CEO of Starwood Capital Group. Each fellow will receive a $25,000 award to get them started on their year-long projects. Fellows were also awarded... More »

  • Gearing Up for 2018’s Challenges with New Staff, Commitment 

    By Bob Keefe, Executive Director

    Thanks to the support of E2 members and NRDC, E2 has added new staff throughout the country to help us advance our issues in 2018. Please meet and welcome the new E2 staffers who have joined us recently, and see here for background and contact information for the entire E2 team. In New York, Noah Dubin is E2’s new Eastern States Advocate, responsible for E2’s work in New York, New England, and other Northeastern states. Noah... More »

  • Looking Ahead: FIVE Key Issue Areas to Watch Heading Into 2018

    By Michael Timberlake & Grant Carlisle

    1) Clean Cars Campaign E2 will use jobs data, business voices and our communications resources to defend fuel economy standards while promoting advanced transportation technologies, including smart highways, low carbon fuels, and charging stations. 2) Tax Extenders Some incentives vital to clean energy (including those for commercial energy efficiency and renewables like small hydropower and geothermal) were left out of the tax bill passed at the end of 2017 and are now in a "tax extenders" bill.... More »

  • Anatomy of a Campaign

    By Grant Carlisle, Director of Advocacy

    One of E2’s biggest federal priorities has been ensuring that Congress and President Trump didn’t kill clean energy with their 2017 tax reform legislation. When Congress began debating the tax bill, E2 knew that clean energy incentives such as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind would be in the crosshairs. We also knew other incentives for offshore wind, electric vehicles and energy efficiency tax credits would... More »

  • Members Can Lead E2 Voice to Next Level in 2018

    By Michael Timberlake, Director of Communications

    Throughout 2017, awareness of E2 and its members reached new heights driven by a wave of state jobs reports that garnered media attention national and locally across the country. We also have reached an unprecedented level of new social media audiences. Since October, E2 and its members have been covered in Politico, E&E News, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Associated Press, Morning Consult, Clean Technica, Dallas Morning News, U.S. News & World Report, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Midwest Energy News, Daily... More »

  • Legislative Pushes Coming for New England in 2018

    By Noah Dubin, Eastern States Advocate

    E2’s New England Chapter celebrated a fantastic 2017 during which it hosted four major events with business leaders from across Massachusetts focusing on clean energy innovation, policy education, and action at the state and regional level to combat negative action at the federal level.   The Chapter played an important role in mobilizing the business community in support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and calls to protect the US’ first Atlantic Ocean Marine... More »

    Chapter Updates

  • Policy Initiatives Drive New York’s 2018 Plans

    By Noah Dubin, Eastern States Advocate

    The NY Chapter had an exciting year that included the release of Mapping Clean Energy: New York, events and advocacy around making the clean energy transition work for all New Yorkers, and participation in a celebration of E2’s inaugural class of 1 Hotel Fellows at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. In 2018, the Chapter is poised to engage on a number of policy fronts, including the Transportation-Climate Initiative, through engagement throughout the state and with partner... More »

  • Solar Bill Ends Year of Achievements in Penn.

    By Sharon Pillar, Program Consultant

    E2 PA maintained a statewide reach in 2017 by hosting Clean Jobs Forums in Allentown and Erie; legislator and media tours of clean energy businesses in Pittsburgh and State College, and the 3rd annual statewide solar summit of solar professionals with an advocacy day in Harrisburg. The E2 message was amplified with a number of speaking engagements about the Clean Jobs PA report at the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Task Force, the international Climate Reality... More »

  • Bringing Rocky Mountain Advocacy to a Wider Audience in 2018

    By Susan Nedell, Rocky Mountain Advocate

    In September, E2 Rockies hosted our first ever Clean Jobs Colorado luncheon in Pueblo. The timing was perfect – Xcel had just announced their proposal to shut down Comanche 1 & 2 in Pueblo in the new few years, and we were able to highlight the good news of 180 clean jobs added since the last report. In November, we brought the same message to Grand Junction. The luncheon was well attended, and restarted a... More »

  • E2 Pacific Northwest Focuses on Cap-and-Invest; Low Carbon Fuels.

    By Zach Amittay, Operations Coordinator

    In Oregon, E2 and its members are preparing for a massive push to pass a statewide Cap-and-Invest program (Oregon's version of Cap-and-Trade) in early 2018, during the state's short legislative session. E2 tilled the soil for this campaign by traveling to Salem, OR with a delegation of E2 members in mid-November, holding a legislative briefing on the proposed program and meeting individually with Senators and Assembly members on both sides of the aisle. E2 continues... More »

  • Midwest’s Growing Clean Economy Caps 2017

    By Micaela Preskill, Midwest States Advocate

    At the beginning of September, we worked with Clean Energy Trust to release the second annual survey Clean Jobs Midwest. This report showed that the clean energy job growth across the Midwest - from renewable energy to energy efficiency - is occurring almost SIX times faster than overall job growth in the region. Over 70 press outlets throughout the Midwest talked about the report and the findings were amplified by elected across the political spectrum... More »

    Chapter Updates

  • California Cap-and-Trade Success A Landmark in 2017

    By Zach Amittay, Operations Coordinator

    E2 stayed busy in California in 2017, hosting events featuring policymakers and thought-leaders from San Francisco to San Diego, organizing multiple trips to Sacramento, and advocating on a broad range of policy issues, from national marine sanctuaries to traffic congestion pricing. Our flagship achievement, however, was our engagement on Cap-and-Trade: with the help of E2 members from all three state chapters, E2 contributed to a successful legislative effort in California to extend the state’s landmark... More »