Press Releases / News

Oct 22, 2009

RELEASE: "Green" Caucus hails passage of Solar Technology Roadmap Act

Issues: Energy

WASHINGTON -- Today the members of the Congressional Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) commended the passage of legislation to help set the U.S. on a road to global leadership in the production of solar energy technology. H.R. 3585, the Solar Technology Roadmap Act- a SEEC legislative priority sponsored by SEEC member Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)- passed in the House of Representatives today by a vote of 310 - 106.

Oct 1, 2009

RELEASE: Green congressional coalition lauds approval of key investments in energy technology R&D

Issues: Energy

WASHINGTON-- The Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), a coalition of 49 members of Congress supportive of increased U.S. clean-energy development, today lauded House passage of key legislation that would make investments in the research and development of energy technologies envisioned by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu as integral in moving the U.S. toward a new clean and independent-energy economy.

Sep 16, 2009

SEEC hosts breakfast round table with the Alliance to Save Energy

Today the co-chairs of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) hosted a breakfast round-table with industry leaders from the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), focused on a discussion of enacting strong U.S. climate and energy policies to address the challenges faced by our nation in the twenty first century.

Sep 15, 2009

RELEASE: SEEC calls on Department of Energy to make federal buildings more energy efficient

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The House of Representatives Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) today joined with other lawmakers in urging the federal government to reduce its energy consumption- and save taxpayer dollars- through increases in the energy efficiency of federal buildings. In a letter sent to Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, 58 signers- led by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.)- called on the department to implement the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) to accelerate energy savings in U.S. government buildings without upfront capital costs.

Sep 9, 2009

RELEASE: S.E.E.C. proclaims victory for American wind energy production with passage of the 'Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2009'

Issues: Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (S.E.E.C.) announced passage of legislation to greatly improve American production of wind energy technologies and to maintain American competitiveness in this burgeoning global industry. H.R. 3165, the Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2009- sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y)- is a chief legislative priority for S.E.E.C., and Coalition leaders anticipate that the program created by the legislation will lead to greater U.S. production and implementation of one of the nation's most promising and cost effective clean energy resources.

Aug 5, 2009


Jun 29, 2009

RELEASE: SEEC Makes U.S. Government Cleaner and Greener, Helps Pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Issues: Energy, Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) secured a provision in the American Clean Energy and Security Act that will ensure that the U.S. federal government uses more renewable energy. This provision, sponsored by SEEC members Reps. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), requires that federal government agencies must obtain 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020. The provision also allows the federal government to enter into more substantial, long-term contracts for purchasing renewable energy, which will benefit capital-intensive renewable energy technologies like solar for which there is a delay between investment and cost-beneficial return.

Feb 17, 2009

RELEASE: S.E.E.C Leaders Praise Green Recovery Package, Hailed As a 'Bold Step in the Right Direction'

Issues: Energy

WASHINGTON, DC -- Signed today by President Barack Obama, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act marks the start of a clean energy revolution in America -- thanks in part to hard work by the new Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (S.E.E.C.), a group of forty members of the U.S. House of Representatives who are committed to promoting clean energy technology innovation, arresting global warming and protecting our nation's clean air, water and natural environment.

Jan 29, 2009

RELEASE: Inslee and Israel Announce "Aggressive" New Energy and Environment Coalition

Issues: Energy, Environment

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) today announced the formation of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), a focused, action-based caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The group recently met with Assistant to the President Carol Browner to discuss energy and climate policy. Additionally, the SEEC has been working to strengthen green technology provisions in the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.