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August 2015 

E2 Eastern States Update: The Clean Power Plan 

On August 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the finalized The Clean Power Plan (CPP), the most significant policy action attempted in the United States to combat climate change. 
 
E2 has been working hard to raise business voices in support of the CPP nationwide, and in the eastern states we have focused our efforts in Virginia and Pennsylvania. In the days before the formal release of the CPP, we released state specific blogs that detailed the local and state economic benefits of the plan, which were sent in advance to media outlets throughout each state as a resource for reporters to use in their coverage. You can read the VA blog here (with a great recap of our veterans roundtable) and the Pennsylvania blog here.
 
VA State Senator Adam Ebbin and U.S. Department of Energy's Minh Le spoke on E2's roundtable,
The Next Deployment: Clean Energy 
(Photograph courtesy of Agustín N. Cruz)
 
In the weeks and months after the release of the Clean Power Plan, we will be meeting with lawmakers in Richmond, VA and Harrisburg, PA. Lawmakers need to hear from business leaders like you, and why we support good public policy like the Clean Power Plan. If you are interested in attending these meetings, please let me know. 

Alice Tong 

Eastern States Advocate
alice@e2.org, (361) 935-0985
 

A sample of the press coverage surrounding the release of the
Clean Power Plan

National 
 
The Hill, Pro regs biz groups hail climate rule (featuring E2's Executive Director, Bob Keefe)

BBC World report, Listen to E2 Northern California chapter director/entrepreneur Jon Foster go head to head with the president of the West Virginia Coal Association
 
Electric Light and Power, Utilities, trade groups, politicians react to final form of Clean Power Plan

Virginia

Richmond Times-Dispatch, U.S. plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions eases the requirement for Virginia

Bob Langstaff, Host of “We The People Show", ​E2 Member Tim Bagley was on August 5 talking the business case for the CPP

Pennsylvania

York Daily Record, Witnessing history — US acts on climate change, column by E2 Member Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Obama's Clean Power plan doesn't change much; opponents remain firm 

Windpower Engineering & Development, Strong support for Clean Power Plan voiced by business leaders across U.S.


Governor’s statements

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
“I applaud the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for focusing on the important issue of curtailing carbon emissions. Based on an initial review, it appears that EPA made positive changes to address concerns my administration and I expressed repeatedly about ensuring equity and flexibility for Virginia in developing this final rule. As we conduct a detailed analysis, I look forward to working with stakeholders to accomplish the objectives of reducing carbon emissions, creating the next generation of clean energy jobs and building the new Virginia economy.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
“My administration is committed to making the Clean Power Plan work for Pennsylvania," said Governor Wolf. "Working with the legislature, industry leaders and citizens we will create a plan to ensure these new rules are applied fairly, allow for adjustments, and that they create economic opportunities for the commonwealth's energy economy. Today's plan sets ambitious but achievable goals for reducing carbon emissions statewide and addressing climate change in fair and smart ways that takes into account legitimate concerns of all parties."

“Pennsylvania is a leader in energy, and we need to do everything in our power to advance the next generation of energy production while protecting jobs in Pennsylvania," continued Governor Wolf. "Clean coal is a part of our energy portfolio, as is natural gas, solar, wind, and other sources of power, and all of this has to be part of a comprehensive strategy. My administration looks forward to working with industry leaders and legislators as well as citizens to find the right balance and develop and effective and responsible state plan."

Full statement here

Participate

  • Take Action and meet with your lawmaker:
E-mail Alice@e2.org if interested in upcoming visits to Richmond, Harrisburg, or Washington, DC
  • Become a member of E2:
    The benefits of being an E2 member are many: we provide access to a national network of business leaders, expertise from E2 advocates and policy experts, affiliation with a nationally-recognized and respected organization, and access to decision makers and thought leaders. You can also play a part in helping advance policies at the state and federal level that are economically and environmentally sound. Become a member today. You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
     

New E2 Members

Tim Bagley (Virginia)
President, The Alexandria Emerging Technology Center 

An experienced businessman and entrepreneur, Tim currently serves as the Founder & President of the Alexandria Emerging Technology Center (AETC), a local nonprofit founded in 2014. The AETC is an innovation hub for cleantech startups , entrepreneurs and innovators who are focused on solving acute and pressing environmental challenges in the fields of clean energy and water, sustainability and urban resilience. As President of the AETC, he is engaged in leadership, management, fundraising, communications and strategic partnerships.Tim is also the founder and President and CEO of BEST Energy, and energy advisory firm that helps companies reduce energy expenses, implement comprehensive sustainability strategies and solutions and improve operational efficiencies. Tim has extensive financial services industry experience as a both a stockbroker and equities trader. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. 

Justen Garrity (Maryland)
President, Veteran Compost 

Veteran Compost is a Maryland based veteran owned business turning organic waste into compost.

Anne Slaughter Andrew (Washington, DC)
Founder & Chairman, TerViva 

Anne is an environmental attorney who was appointed as US Ambassador to Costa Rica from 2009 to 2013. In 2007, Anne was a founder of New Energy Nexus, LLC a consulting firm advising companies and investors on strategies related to clean energy technology. Previously, Anne served as Co-Chair of the Environment/Energy Team at the law firm of Baker & Daniels. She has been actively engaged in conservation and environmental protection throughout her career working with organizations like The Clean Economy Network, the Sierra Club, and The Nature Conservancy. Anne graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts and received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law. 


Events 

September 9, 2015- E2 webinar on the Clean Power Plan

October 8, 2015- E2's 15th Anniversary Celebration 


Delancey Street, Town Hall, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

5:15 pm – Registration Opens
6:00 pm – Special Guest Speakers and Presentation
7:15 pm – Reception: E2 Everywhere

Please join fellow business leaders, dignitaries and other special guests as we celebrate 15 years of E2’s successes raising the business voice for the environment - and unveil some exciting new changes ahead for E2.  

Contact Victoria, victoria@e2.org if you have questions on lodging or logistics.
 

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see www.e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.

 

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