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April 20, 2015

Dear Members of Congress,

As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), we urge you to oppose Rep. Whitfield’s “Ratepayer Protection Act, a bill designed to block needed EPA standards to reduce carbon pollution. Climate change fueled by carbon pollution is already driving severe economic and environmental disruptions. These costs continue to rise the longer we wait to act. Delaying or blocking carbon pollution reductions from the country's largest sources will undermine investments being made in low carbon energy technologies and keep our nation dependent on fuel sources with increasing direct and indirect costs.

E2 is a nonpartisan, national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policies that grow the economy. We are entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who collectively have been involved in the financing, founding or development of more than 1,700 companies that have created more than 570,000 jobs. Our members manage billions of dollars in venture and private equity capital that will flow over the next several years into new companies.

The Clean Power Plan builds on the Clean Air Act process which gives states the first opportunity to determine how to meet national carbon pollution standards, with flexibility to create cost-effective plans tailored to local conditions. But if a state cannot, or will not, create a plan to reduce pollution then the law guarantees that communities have a federal back-stop.

The “Ratepayer Protection Act” up-ends that process, creating new uncertainties that are simply bad for business.  Businesses depend upon consistent application and enforcement of standards. Transparency in the planning process encourages a robust investment environment.  So far, the Clean Power Plan development process has been open and transparent, allowing states, utilities, businesses, ratepayers and other stakeholders a chance to balance the benefits and costs of the program. 
Yet, instead of allowing that process to continue, the bill would indefinitely postpone compliance deadlines to meet plan standards by delaying implementation until all judicial proceeding related to the plan are complete. This is unnecessary as the Clean Air Act already provides for “staying” implementation during lawsuits if the litigants can prove valid reasons.

The bill also undermines the national market signal created by the Clean Power Plan by allowing states to opt-out of the process and avoid being subject to a federal plan if they assert that this -- or indeed any other environmental standard -- would increase electricity rates.  This provision willfully turns a blind eye to the benefits of this standard, ignoring consumer bill savings and the other economic benefits from investments, jobs, and local tax base increases[i], as well as predicted health benefits worth billions of dollars that greatly outweigh even the higher estimates of potential costs.[ii]

It is clear the sole intention of the bill is not to protect ratepayers, but to ignore the dire need to address the economic and environmental threat of climate change. Rather than subverting a process that creates clear benefits to the American economy by fostering energy solutions for the 21st century, Congress should partner with the Administration to find the best and most flexible solutions. We once against urge you to oppose the “Ratepayer Protection Act” and instead work with EPA to implement the standards required by the Clean Air Act.


Curtis Abbott (California)
CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc
Maryvonne Abbott (California)
Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Clifford Adams (New York)
Managing Director, Coady Diemar Partners
Judith Albert (New York)
Chair, Board of Directors, Cornerstone Capital Group
Constance Barbour (Massachusetts)
Dora Barlaz Hanft (New York)
Kathy Barry (California)
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Caroline Bauhaus (California)
Education Consultant, Equity & Access
Mark Bauhaus (California)
Partner, Just Business
Patricia Bauman (District of Columbia)
President, Bauman Foundation
Ed Beardsworth (California)
Principal, Energy Technology Advisors
Mitchell Beer
President, Smarter Shift
Annette Beitel (Illinois)
Dave Belote (Virginia)
Managing Partner & CEO, DARE Strategies LLC
Jeff Bennett (Colorado)
Founder, Big Kid Science
Lisa Bennett (Colorado)
Eric Berman (Washington)
President and Co-Chair, E8 Angels
Luann Berman (Washington)
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Marcella Bernstein (California)
Stuart Bernstein (California)
Founding Member, Sustainable Capital LLC
Larry Birenbaum (California)
Former SVP, Cisco Systems
Maureen Blanc (California)
Barbara Blumenthal (New Jersey)
President, Blumenthal Consulting LLC
Melissa Booth (North Carolina)
Bill Boyk (Oregon)
CEO/Founder, GyroVolts by Ameristar Solar, LLC
Diane Boyk (Oregon)
Eliza Brown (California)
Tim Brummels (California)
CEO/President, Prenexus Health, LLC
John Bryant (District of Columbia)
Reid Buckley (California)
Partner, Orion Renewable Energy Group
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Bob Burnett (California)
Retired, Cisco Systems
Dianne Callan (Massachusetts)
Independent Legal Consulting, Green Tech Legal
Hamilton Candee (California)
Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP
Pete Cartwright (California)
CEO, Avalon Ecopower
Geoff Chapin (Massachusetts)
Partner, Phoenix Revolution Inc.
Stacie Cheng (California)
Director of Business Strategy and Operations, Dell
Roger Choplin (California)
Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc.
Tom Cole (California)
Venture Partner, TransLink Capital
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Catherine Crystal Foster (California)
Mark Cunningham (California)
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
Paul Danielsen (California)
VP Business Development, MMA Renewable Ventures
Jayne Davis (California)
Peter Davis (California)
Retired Attorney
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Andrew Deitz (California)
CEO, Verdical
Anne Delehunt (California)
Marketing Consultant, Delehunt-Ricketts
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Heather Dennett (Oregon)
Kaiser Permanente
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Patricia Durham (California)
Tim Dwight (Iowa)
Business Development, Integrated Power Corporation
Bob Epstein (California)
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rob Erlichman (California)
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Bob Fisher (California)
Chair, Gap, Inc.
Randi Fisher (California)
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Karen Francis (California)
CEO, Academix Direct, Inc
Nell Freudenberger (New York)
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Addwater Marketing, Addwater Marketing
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Susan Goldhor (Massachusetts)
Biologist, C.A.R.S.
Ken Goldsholl (California)
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Nancy Goldsholl (California)
Jon Gordon (Colorado)
Managing Partner, Sheer Velocity, LLC
Vicki Gordon (Colorado)
Kate Greswold (California)
Manager, TOSA Foundation
Marianna Grossman (California)
Founder and Managing Partner, Minerva Ventures
Tom Haggin (California)
Doug Hammer (California)
John Harper (Massachusetts)
Principal, Birch Tree Capital, LLC
Berl Hartman (Massachusetts)
E2 New England Chapter Director, Hartman Consulting
Hyman Hartman (Massachusetts)
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tom Haslett (Massachusetts)
TILT Investment Management
Shiela Hingorani (California)
First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Charlene Kabcenell (California)
Former Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Derry Kabcenell (California)
Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Jerome Kalur (Montana)
Attorney at Law
Ron Kamen (New York)
Founder, EarthKind Energy
Christopher Kaneb (Massachusetts)
Principal, Catamount Management Corporation
Van Katzman (Washington)
Principal, Ascent Law Partners LLP
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Marie Kent (Oregon)
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center
Will Kenworthy (Illinois)
Yale Klat (New York)
General Counsel and Director of Government Relations, IdleAir
Judy Klein (California)
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Charles Knowles (California)
Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Network
Stephanie Knowles (California)
David Kolsrud (South Dakota)
President, DAK Renewable Energy
Catherine Korsant (Florida)
Philip Korsant (Florida)
Managing Member, Korsant Partners
Chip Krauskopf (California)
VP Business Development, Aditazz
Pete Krull (North Carolina)
CEO & Director of Investments, Earth Equity Advisors, LLC
DC Kuhns (Delaware)
CEO, Executive Director, Founder, EDEN Delmarva
H. William Kuni (California)
Principal, HWK Investments
Jessica Langsam (Massachusetts)
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rebecca Lee (California)
Waidy Lee (California)
Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Roger Liddell (New York)
Vice Chairman, Clear Harbor Asset Management, LLC
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
Paul Logan (New York)
Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
Tracy Lyons (California)
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, Rally Software Development
Wynn Martens (Colorado)
Outreach, University of Colorado
Lisa Mihaly (California)
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Karen Miller (Massachusetts)
President, Belly Shmooze
Brenden Millstein (California)
CEO, Carbon Lighthouse
Kate Mitchell (California)
Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Wes Mitchell (California)
Board Member, Foto Forum, SFMOMA
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Catherine Morrow (Pennsylvania)
Jay Morrow (Pennsylvania)
Senior VP, AIG Property Casualty
David Moyar (New York)
President & CEO, MEI Hotels Inc.
Liz Muller (California)
Principal, Liz Muller & Partners
Susan Nedell (Colorado)
E2 Rocky Mountains Advocate
Carl Nettleton (California)
President, Nettleton Strategies LLC
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Eliane Neukermans (California)
Al Nierenberg (Massachusetts)
President, Evergreen Consulting & Training
M. Kent Norton (California)
Rita Norton (California)
Graham Noyes (California)
Managing Attorney, Noyes Law Corporation
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
Larry Orr (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Lyn Oswald (California)
Patricia Pacelli (New York)
Carl Page (California)
Board Member, Apparent Energy
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Christopher Pribe (California)
Ingrid Rasch (Washington)
Board Chair, Earth Economics
Bill Ravanesi (Massachusetts)
Senior Director of Health Care Green Building & Energy, Health Care Without Harm
Emily Rice (Iowa)
Business Development Director, The Energy Group
Grant Ricketts (California)
CEO and Co-Founder, Tripos Software, Inc.
John Robbins (North Carolina)
President, Greathorn Properties, Inc.
David Rosenheim (California)
Founder and CEO, JobsWithImpact
Jackie Rosenheim (California)
Joan Rossetti (Massachusetts)
Chair, Environmental Affairs Committee of the Prudential Center Residents' Association
Amy Roth (California)
Laurie Rothenberg (New York)
Tom Roush (New York)
Private Investor and Environmental Activist
Jacqueline Royce (Massachusetts)
Independent Scholar
Karen Rucker (Colorado)
President, ByHandConsulting
Michael Rucker (Colorado)
CEO, Scout Clean Energy
Jack Rutherford (Idaho)
CEO & Founder, Modula S Inc
Stacey Rutherford (Idaho)
Managing Partner, Sun Valley Brokers LLC
Paul Salinger (California)
VP, Marketing, Oracle
John Santoleri (New York)
Partner, StoneWork Capital
Ella Saunders (Massachusetts)
Tedd Saunders (Massachusetts)
CSO, The Saunders Hotel Group
David Schwartz (California)
James Schwartz (Connecticut)
Vice President, Independence Solar
Lauren Scott (California)
Paul B. Scott (California)
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Transportation Power Inc
Kathleen Scutchfield (California)
Kathleen Seip (Virginia)
Lt Gen (ret) Noman Seip (Virginia)
Owner, NS Solutions, LLC
Joel Serface (Colorado)
Managing Director, Catalyze
Cynthia Sexton (California)
Tim Sexton (California)
Principal, Make Good Group
Bob Shatten (Massachusetts)
Principal, Boreal Renewable Energy Development
Laura Shenkar (California)
Principal, Artemis Water Strategy
Jon Slangerup (California)
Chairman and CEO, American Global Logistics
Bryce Smith (Washington)
Level Ten Energy
Matt Stedl (Illinois)
Principal, Tradewind Energy, LLC
Scott Struthers (California)
Co-Founder, Sonance
Peter Sullivan (California)
Founder, Clear Light Ventures
Ed Supplee (California)
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Matt Swindle (California)
CEO & Founder, NLine Energy, Inc.
Russ Teall (California)
President and Founder, Biodico
Trey Teall (California)
VP Operations, Biodico
Sven Thesen (California)
Communication & Technology, Better Place
Todd Thorner (District of Columbia)
Laney Thornton (California)
The Laney and Pasha Thornton Foundation
Pasha Thornton (California)
Cariad Thronson (California)
CEO, Forefront Marketing & Communications
Robert Thronson (California)
VP Marketing & Business Development, Vigilent
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Amy Van Beek (Iowa)
Co-Founder, Designer, Ideal Energy, Inc.
Troy Van Beek (Iowa)
President, Renewable Energy Expert, Ideal Energy, Inc.
Thomas Van Dyck (California)
Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management
Mark Vander Ploeg (California)
Retired, Investment Banker
Aino Vieira da Rosa (California)
Architect, Aino Maria Vieira Da Rosa, AIA
Kirby Walker (California)
Independent film/video producer
Alex Wall (Oregon)
Privacy Counsel, Marketo, Inc.
Dorothy Weaver (New York)
Babel Networks Limited
Bill Weihl (California)
Principal, Weihl Consulting
Jeffrey Weiss (Rhode Island)
Member, Clean Energy Venture Group
Dave Welch (California)
President, Infinera Corporation
Heidi Welch (California)
Eric Wepsic (New York)
Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co.
Haskell Werlin (Massachusetts)
Solar Project Developer, Solar Design Associates
Alexa Willson (New York)
Managing Director, Private Client Advisor, U.S.Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
David Willson (New York)
President, Stanbridge Capital
Andrew Winston (Connecticut)
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Christine Winston (Connecticut)
Tonia Wisman (California)
Erik Wohlgemuth (Oregon)
COO, Future 500
George Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Founder and Director Emeritus, The Woods Hole Research Center
Katharine Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Retired Administrator
Ion Yadigaroglu (California)
Managing Partner, Capricorn Investment Group
Carroll Yandell (California)
George Yandell (California)
Director of Real Estate, Nature Conservancy
Mary M. Yang (California)
Former Biotech Co-Founder & President
Daniel Yost (California)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Stephanie Yulga Deitz (California)
Head of Lower School, Marin Country Day School
Margaret Zankel (California)
Martin Zankel (California)
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel
Zaurie Zimmerman (Massachusetts)
CEO, Zaurie Zimmerman Associates, Inc.

225 members


[i] E2’s Clean Energy Works for Us reports have shown that policies which promote clean energy, like the Clean Power Plan will do, have helped create more than 233,000 new job announcements at nearly 700 projects since 2011. These projects also help lower customer bills through efficiency upgrades and provide important sources of local tax revenue.
[ii] EPA predicts $55-93 billion in health benefits compared to $7.3-8.8 billion in costs.

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