Energy

A combination of federal policies and investments have contributed to a clean energy revolution that is happening right now--in the U.S. and around the world. Clean energy presents a tremendous opportunity to create jobs, grow our economy, and address climate change. Clean energy is affordable, attainable and available to us right now. Continued innovation will lead to new energy approaches and climate change solutions, while continuing to drop the costs of existing technologies, as their economic and jobs benefits continue to grow.

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April 6, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today the leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Paul Tonko, Doris Matsui, and Gerry Connolly, and Vice-Chairs Reps. Chellie Pingree, Alan Lowenthal, Mike Quigley, A. Donald McEachin and Matt Cartwright, submitted testimony to the Ways and Means Committee for its Member Day hearing.

March 31, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, the Leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko, and Doris Matsui and SEEC Vice-Chairs Reps. Chellie Pingree, Alan Lowenthal, Mike Quigley, A. Donald McEachin and Matt Cartwright, made the following statement on the Biden administration’s newly announced American Jobs Plan.

January 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, the leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) sent a letter to House Leadership and a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris to reinforce the urgent need to address the climate crisis. The letters call for a climate-smart recovery that includes both investments and standards to create jobs, increase equity, and protect our planet from climate change for generations to come.

January 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko, and Doris Matsui released the following statement in response to President Biden’s order to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.

December 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Gerry Connolly and Paul Tonko made the following statement in response to the passage of SEEC priorities in the end-of-year-funding package.
December 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko and Doris Matsui made the following statement in response to the announcement that the Biden-Harris Adminstration will nominate SEEC Member Rep. Deb Haaland for the role of Interior Secretary.
July 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today leaders in the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), led by Vice-Chair Rep. Matt Cartwright, introduced a bill to authorize robust increases in funding to advance clean energy innovation in the next four years. The legislation demonstrates a path to quickly scale up clean energy investments in the coming years, both to address the climate crisis and promote job creation and a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

July 1, 2020 Press Release
Washington D.C. – Today the leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) made the following statement in response to the passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act in the U.S. House of Representatives:
June 23, 2020 In The News
House Democratic leaders included extensions of tax breaks long sought by the renewable energy sector as part of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package. The decision to include them is a victory for environmentalists and environmentally minded Democrats in Congress, who had pressed for more aid to the clean energy sector, which has lost 620,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic. In a letter last week, eight leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition told Pelosi and other Democratic leaders the emergency payroll loans for small businesses were not enough to save the jobs of many solar panel installers and wind turbine technicians. “[I]t’s hard to keep workers on payroll even with federal support when the projects employees would return to are collapsing,” they wrote.
June 22, 2020 In The News
As Rep. Chellie Pingree and other leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition said in a letter Monday, this is a rare opportunity to remake America’s economy in a more energy-efficient way. The group listed numerous bills and administrative actions that should be taken as the country responds to, and ultimately emerges from, the coronavirus pandemic. These include dedicated support for the clean energy sector — and its more than 3 million employees — in any future relief packages that are passed by Congress. They also suggest changes to tax incentives, loan programs and federal funding for renewable energy, water treatment, transportation infrastructure, land conservation and others. They also highlight how federal investments, clean energy and environmental protection are intertwined with concerns about racial and economic inequality and justice. There is an urgency to this work. World leaders have a short time — perhaps only six months — to capitalize on the carbon dioxide emission reductions that have accompanied the pandemic, an international energy expert told the Guardian newspaper.