The bipartisan event, which organizers hope to make annual, will try to make the business case for renewables—and build support for them among legislators.
Next month, a variety of organizations focused on sustainable energy are going to make their voices heard in Washington, DC.
As part of National Clean Energy Week, taking place September 25-29, at least 10 major trade groups—covering technologies such as wind energy, biomass, hydropower, nuclear energy, and solar power—plan to hold a series of events in the District and beyond to advocate for the economic value of alternative energy sources. Most events will be held in DC that week, but related events over the next two months will be in Sea Island, Georgia; Baltimore; Minneapolis; Las Vegas; and Des Moines, Iowa.
In a news release, Todd Foley, the senior vice president of policy and governmental affairs for the American Council on Renewable Energy, noted that the goal of the campaign was to keep the concept in front of legislators and continue to build support for renewables—something he said has seen a “huge increase” within the private sector over the past six years.
“We can and should continue to do more to support policies that increase investment in cost-competitive renewable energy generation—to harness the nation’s abundant domestic energy resources, drive economic development, and help achieve environmental objectives,” Foley said in a news release.
According to Axios, the week will include both lobbying events and receptions, plus a mini demo fair, and while its budget is somewhat small, the organizers want to take it annual.
While Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum, which is helping to put together the event, has ties to a larger conservative group, the forum’s policy and advocacy director, Charles Hernick, told the outlet that the goal was simply to draw attention to renewable technology in a bipartisan fashion.
“We don’t want this to be political,” Hernick told the website. “We obviously live in a very political world, but we need to be able to separate the technologies and the solutions from the politics of the day. We need to separate one administration from the next.”
Other major supporters of the event include Advanced Energy Economy, the American Wind Energy Association, the Biomass Power Association, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the Clean Energy Business Network, the National Hydropower Association, the Nuclear Energy Institute, and the Solar Energy Industries Association.