Clean Energy Business Network Weekly Bulletin- July 16

Source: Clean Energy Business Network, July 16, 2020

Don’t miss the third episode of our Powering Forward webinar series July 29th! Register here.

This week, the Biden campaign released a $2 trillion clean energy and infrastructure plan, Virginia became the first southern state to join RGGI, and the US clean energy sector reported an additional 212,800 jobs in the month of June. 

Entrepreneurs for Impact Executive Mastermind
CEBN members are invited to apply to a year-long program for 15-20 impact-driven, post-accelerator, growth stage CEOs and CXOs. This program includes executive coaching; data on investors, deals, and finance trends; confidential peer advisory groups; and leadership development. The program aims for diverse leadership (race, gender, age, geography).

FEATURED CONTENT

Episode 3 of Powering Forward \ State of play: a clean energy powered recovery

Produced in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts and National Governors Association, the third installment of the Powering Forward series will examine the state and local response to COVID-19. Panelists will explore how state governments are responding to the pandemic, identify energy resilience solutions critical for communities in the wake of this crisis, and discuss federal infrastructure legislation currently pending in Congress. Register here

CEBN is seeking a new Program Associate
Our staff member, Aleah Jaeger, is off to the London School of Economics for a masters in environmental policy and regulation. Are you an early career professional (or career changer) seeking meaningful work helping clean energy businesses thrive? Apply here.

Virginia becomes first southern state to join RGGI

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a cooperative effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, wherein member states agree to a cap on CO2 emissions.

Tool showcases renewables deals made by US cities since 2015
The Local Government Renewables Action Tracker catalogues renewable energy deals made by US cities, counties, tribal governments, and municipal utilities over the past five years. In addition to showcasing over 300 deals to-date, the tool highlights resources and helps facilitate collaboration between local governments.   

FEDERAL POLICY UPDATE

Biden campaign unveils clean energy and infrastructure plan
The proposal calls for a carbon-free power sector by 2035, with net-zero emissions throughout the economy by 2050, commits to generating millions of jobs, and would invest $2 trillion over four years in clean infrastructure. In particular, Biden focuses on the auto industry, transit, buildings, the power sector, housing, innovation, agriculture, conservation and prioritizing environmental justice. Read the full text here.   

In a win for storage, Federal Court upholds FERC Order 841
The court decision removes barriers to market access for energy storage, clearing the way for transmission grid operators nationwide to open their markets to storage, and providing a level playing field for storage to compete in wholesale markets.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The Clean Fight NY: Clean Buildings, deadline is Sunday
The new clean energy accelerator for growth-stage companies in New York is accepting applications from companies offering high-impact solutions to decarbonize NY buildings.

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Black Americans Care About Climate Change (But It’s Complicated), July 21
Join Third Way and guest speakers Lucy McBath, Justin Worland, Derek Green, Heather McTeer Toney and Margie Omero next week for a conversation about the many perspectives of Black Americans around climate change. Read about Third Way’s research here

Other Events and Activities

ENERGY NEWS

US: Clean energy sector gains 212,800 jobs in June
BW Research

US: JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and others back climate finance
Utility Dive

US: 15 states + DC enter joint MOU to accelerate EV transit
NGT News

CA: Largest US battery storage resource connected to CAISO
Utility Dive

DC: Metro inks $50M solar deal with SunPower
Electrek

IL: Cook County facilities to be powered by renewables by 2030
Chicago Tribune

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