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September 15, 2015

Dear Members of Congress:
As business leaders and members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), we recognize that manmade carbon emissions affect changes in our climate that produce and exacerbate economic and environmental threats. Given these threats and the need for direct, immediate action we write in support of the Clean Power Plan as an effective tool in cutting harmful carbon emissions and promoting investments in burgeoning clean energy markets across the U.S. We hope that you also recognize the economic opportunity created by this plan and that you will support its successful implementation.   

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 beneficial to the economy and 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. 

In addition to its primary goal of reducing U.S. carbon emissions from the electricity sector, the Clean Power Plan (CPP) can also serve as an enormous catalyst for growth in clean energy jobs.  The plan is designed to incentivize states to grow their clean energy economies by prioritizing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, among other low emissions and zero emissions sources. Each state will design a State Implementation Plan (SIP) to meet its emissions reduction target. States will decide on the methods to lower their emissions, with many options at their disposal.
E2’s quarterly national jobs reports and state specific jobs surveys show two distinct trends relevant to the CPP.  First, a preponderance of the quarter of a million clean energy jobs announced since 2012 have emerged in states that have already chosen to participate in the clean energy economy by enacting smart policies to help attract those  industries.  Second, the states that removed market signals and incentives for clean energy suffered attrition in this sector, causing companies focused on the production of clean energy and energy efficiency to move to states with smarter polices aimed at job growth.
The trends are clear: states that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, like the Clean Power Plan does, gain jobs and grow related sectors of their economies while others that removed incentives for these sources of energy faced job losses. The CPP promotes innovation and investment in industries that create American jobs that cannot be outsourced, while reducing the economic risks and liabilities of climate change.
Perhaps most importantly in the short term, the finalized CPP includes a Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) to reward early state investments in renewable energy generation and demand-side energy efficiency measures that generate carbon-free energy or reduce end-use energy demand during 2020 and/or 2021. State participation in the program is optional. Through this program, the EPA makes additional allowances or Emission Rate Credits (ERCs) available to states to encourage early investments in zero-emitting wind or solar power projects and energy efficiency projects. In short, EPA is encouraging the growth of clean energy jobs before the start of the CPP compliance period in 2022 by giving states a jump start on reaching their emissions targets. It’s clearly more advantageous to states’ economies to take advantage of these incentives and participate proactively in this national policy initiative by designing their own State Implementation Plans.
The Clean Power Plan is a responsible and business-friendly means to reduce harmful carbon emissions and boost the market forces already in place to do so. The plan creates a predictable policy environment in which energy sources will be more secure and businesses across the U.S. industry spectrum can effectively plan for the future. We hope that you will support the implementation of this plan and oppose any efforts to block or weaken it. 


Curtis Abbott (California)
CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc
Clifford Adams (New York)
Managing Director, Coady Diemar Partners
Mario Aieta (New York)
Partner, Satterlee, Stephens, Burke & Burke LLP
Judith Albert (New York)
Chair, Board of Directors, Cornerstone Capital Group
Steven Anderson (Virginia)
VP Logistics, SOSi International
Channing Arndt (Colorado)
Sr. Research Fellow, United Nations University
Christopher Arndt (Colorado)
Private Investor & Author
Patty Arndt (Colorado)
Tim Bagley (Virginia)
President, The Alexandria Emerging Technology Center
Diane Bailey (California)
Executive Director, MenloSpark
Jay Baldwin (California)
Partner, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Dora Barlaz Hanft (New York)
Kathy Barry (California)
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Caroline Bauhaus (California)
Education Consultant, Equity & Access
Mark Bauhaus (California)
Partner, Just Business
Mitchell Beer
President, Smarter Shift
Annette Beitel (Illinois)
Elizabeth Bekiroglu (Washington)
Associate General Counsel, Seattle Genetics, Inc.
Jeff Bennett (Colorado)
Founder, Big Kid Science
Lisa Bennett (Colorado)
Fiona Bensen (California)
Laura Berland (California)
Greenlots - electric vehicle charging
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)
David Bowen (California)
Bill Boyk (Oregon)
CEO/Founder, GyroVolts by Ameristar Solar, LLC
Diane Boyk (Oregon)
George Brandt (California)
Reid Buckley (California)
Partner, Orion Renewable Energy Group
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Bob Burnett (California)
Retired, Cisco Systems
Hamilton Candee (California)
Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP
Peter Carson (California)
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Hampton & Richter LLP
Priscilla Carson (California)
Pete Cartwright (California)
CEO, Avalon Ecopower
Steve Chadima (California)
Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy
Stacie Cheng (California)
Director of Business Strategy and Operations, Dell
Roger Choplin (California)
Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc.
Diane Christensen (California)
President, Manzanita Management Corp
Tom Cole (California)
Venture Partner, TransLink Capital
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Stephen Colwell (California)
Executive Director, Philanthropy Associates
Holly Corn (California)
Holly Corn, MD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Catherine Crystal Foster (California)
Jane Cuddehe (New York)
Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker Devonshire
Michael Cuddehe (New York)
Principal, Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
John Cusack (New York)
Financial Services Risk Management, Maplecroft Limited
Mary Ann Cusenza (California)
Independent Consultant for high tech and cleantech companies
Paul Danielsen (California)
VP Business Development, MMA Renewable Ventures
Lynne David (California)
Jayne Davis (California)
Peter Davis (California)
Retired Attorney
Wayne Davis (Massachusetts)
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Andrew Deitz (California)
CEO, Verdical
Bill DeLacy (Oregon)
Gerding Edlen
Michael Delapa (California)
DeLapa Consulting
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Heather Dennett (Oregon)
Kaiser Permanente
John Diener (California)
Mendota Energy Beet Cooperative
James Donoghue (New York)
Asset Manager, Sierra Management Corp.
Elizabeth Dreicer (California)
Co-Founder & CEO, KUITY Corp.
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Patricia Durham (California)
Tim Dwight (Iowa)
Business Development, Integrated Power Corporation
Robert Earley (New York)
Principal, Armor Capital
Scott Elliott (Washington)
CEO, MountainLogic
Bob Epstein (California)
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Christina Erickson (Massachusetts)
Managing Director, WONDROS
Rob Erlichman (California)
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Homeyra Eshaghi (California)
Graphic Designer, Khosh Design
John Esposito (Tennessee)
President and CEO, Warner/Electra/Atlantic
Chris Eyre (California)
Managing Director, Legacy Venture
Hedy Eyre (California)
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Bob Fisher (California)
Chair, Gap, Inc.
Randi Fisher (California)
Kacey Fitzpatrick (California)
President, Avalon Enterprises Inc
Malcolm Fleming (Colorado)
Nancy Floyd (California)
Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Karen Francis (California)
CEO, Academix Direct, Inc
Tod Francis (California)
Founding Partner, Shasta Ventures
Terry Fry (California)
Guillaume Gauthereau (New York)
Founder and Chairman, Sequoia Lab
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Addwater Marketing, Addwater Marketing
Jonathan Gensler (Tennessee)
Founder/CEO, Revive Energy
Tushar Gheewala (California)
CEO & Chairman, Inventions Outsource
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Mitchell Golden (New York)
Principal, Jun Group
Susan Goldhor (Massachusetts)
Biologist, C.A.R.S.
Ken Goldsholl (California)
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Nancy Goldsholl (California)
Randy Goldstein (California)
CEO, OptiSolar Holdings LLC.
Wes Goldstein (California)
Senior Partner, Hobbs & Towne, Inc.
Lorena Gonda Kiralla (California)
Kate Greswold (California)
Manager, TOSA Foundation
Marianna Grossman (California)
Founder and Managing Partner, Minerva Ventures
Eric Grunebaum (Massachusetts)
Principal, Bequia Securities
Tom Haggin (California)
Melody Haller (California)
Joule Strategic Communications
Doug Hammer (California)
John Harper (Massachusetts)
Principal, Birch Tree Capital, LLC
RJ Harrington (Colorado)
President, Sustainable Action Consulting, PBC
Jordan Harris (California)
Founder, OZOcar
Julie Harris (California)
Mike Hart (California)
CEO, Sierra Energy
Berl Hartman (Massachusetts)
E2 New England Chapter Director, Hartman Consulting
Hyman Hartman (Massachusetts)
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paula Hawthorn, PhD (California)
Carol Hazenfield (California)
Communications Coach
Sheryl Heckmann (California)
Ward Hendon (New York)
Business Advisor, Independent Consultant
Alan Herzig (California)
Independent Director
James Higgins (California)
Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Jill Tate Higgins (California)
General Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Shiela Hingorani (California)
First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Jerry Hinkle (California)
Northern California Regional Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby
Rick Holmstrom (California)
Partner & Vice Chairman, Menlo Equities
Robin Hruska (Washington)
Tom Jacoby (California)
CEO, Tymphany Corporation
Jeni James Arndt (Colorado)
State Representative, CO Assembly
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
Maggie Kaplan (California)
Founder and Executive Director, Invoking the Pause
Rich Kassel (New York)
Executive Vice President - Global Leader, Energy & Enviro + Sustainability, Capalino+Company
Van Katzman (Washington)
Principal, Ascent Law Partners LLP
Jonathan Kaufelt (California)
Private Investor; Former Attorney
Holly Kaufman (California)
CEO, Environment & Enterprise Strategies
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Deb Kemper (Massachusetts)
Managing Partner, Libra Global Partners, LLC
Marie Kent (Oregon)
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center
Will Kenworthy (Illinois)
Steven Kiralla (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
Susan Labandibar (Massachusetts)
President, Tech Networks of Boston
Michelle Lapinski (District of Columbia)
Founding Principal, SustainBiz
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Brice Leconte (Virginia)
Founder, iUnit
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Waidy Lee (California)
Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Sam Leichman (California)
Co-Founder, LivingPlug
Bill Lemon (Washington)
Director, StoneBridge Securities, LLC
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
Alison Long Poetsch (California)
Principal, SHR Investments
Teresa Luchsinger (California)
Tracy Lyons (California)
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Andrew Magee (Massachusetts)
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Madelyn Mallory (California)
President/CEO, Catalyst Financial Planning & Investment
Drew Maran (California)
Drew Maran Construction, Inc., Drew Maran Construction, Inc.
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, Rally Software Development
Wynn Martens (Colorado)
Outreach, University of Colorado
James Marvin (Massachusetts)
Regional Manager, North America East & Canada, Expeditors International of Washington Inc.
Joanna Marvin (Massachusetts)
Owner, Federal Consulting Solutions
Bonnie Matlock (California)
Nancy McCarter-Zorner (California)
Plant Pathologist
Lisa Mihaly (California)
Brenden Millstein (California)
CEO, Carbon Lighthouse
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
John Montgomery (California)
President, Lex Ultima
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
Emilie Munger Ogden (California)
Susan Nedell (Colorado)
E2 Rocky Mountains Advocate
Barry Nelson (California)
Western Water Strategies
Carl Nettleton (California)
President, Nettleton Strategies LLC
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Eliane Neukermans (California)
Al Nierenberg (Massachusetts)
President, Evergreen Consulting & Training
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Graham Noyes (California)
Managing Attorney, Noyes Law Corporation
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
David O'Leary (Maryland)
Angel Investor, Investor's Circle
Doug Ogden (California)
CEO, North Ridge Investment Management
Larry Orr (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Michael Brian Orr (Washington)
Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems
Lyn Oswald (California)
Patricia Pacelli (New York)
Jim Panttaja (California)
R&D Advisor, Conversa Health
Mary Panttaja (California)
Vice President, Product Management, RebelVox
Peter Papesch (Massachusetts)
Architect, Papesch Associates
Ga-Young Park (Illinois)
Director, Cyclone Energy Group
Neela Patel (California)
Executive Director of Business Engagement, Seattle Genetics
Jim Patton (California)
Senior Director - Global Trade Compliance, Apple
Tammy Patton (California)
Ricky Perera (New York)
Professor , Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Sam Perry (Massachusetts)
President, Ascendance Ventures
Jean Pierret (California)
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Jeff Poetsch (California)
Principal, JCP Advisors
Christopher Pribe (California)
Emily Rice (Iowa)
Business Development Director, The Energy Group
Kate Ridgway (California)
Real Estate Professional
Maria Teresa Rizzi (New York)
John Robbins (North Carolina)
President, Greathorn Properties, Inc.
Jack Robinson (Massachusetts)
Vice Chair and Portfolio Manager, Trillium Asset Management
Sarah Robinson (Massachusetts)
Founding Partner, WeSpire
David Rosenheim (California)
Founder and CEO, JobsWithImpact
Jackie Rosenheim (California)
David Rosenstein (California)
President, Intex Solutions
Rick Rosenthal (California)
Joan Rossetti (Massachusetts)
Chair, Environmental Affairs Committee of the Prudential Center Residents' Association
Amy Roth (California)
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
Bill Ryall (New York)
Partner, Ryall Sheridan Architects
Claudine Ryan (California)
VP Platform, GreatSchools
Paul Salinger (California)
VP, Marketing, Oracle
John Santoleri (New York)
Partner, StoneWork Capital
Ella Saunders (Massachusetts)
Tedd Saunders (Massachusetts)
CSO, The Saunders Hotel Group
Eric Schmidt (California)
Executive Chairman, Google
Wendy Schmidt (California)
Founder, The 11th Hour Project
David Schwartz (California)
James Schwartz (Connecticut)
Vice President, Independence Solar
Frederick Schwarz, Jr. (New York)
Senior Counsel, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, L.L.P.
Lauren Scott (California)
Paul B. Scott (California)
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Transportation Power Inc
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
Reid Shane (California)
Rebecca Shaw (California)
World Wildlife Fund
Laura Shenkar (California)
Principal, Artemis Water Strategy
Ann Shulman (California)
President, Philanthropy Associates, Inc.
Amy Silber (Massachusetts)
Consultant, Clean Energy Venture Fund
Barbara Simons (California)
Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research
Jon Slangerup (California)
Chairman and CEO, American Global Logistics
Sandra Slater (California)
Owner, Sandra Slater Environments
Bryce Smith (Washington)
Level Ten Energy
Greg Smith (Ohio)
President, Energy Optimizers
Jennifer Solow (California)
Matt Stedl (Illinois)
Principal, Tradewind Energy, LLC
Nancy Stephens (California)
Scott Struthers (California)
Co-Founder, Sonance
Ed Supplee (California)
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Sahir Surmeli (Massachusetts)
Jim Sweeney (Massachusetts)
President, Sustainable New Energy
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)
Todd Thorner (California)
CEO / Founder, JTN Energy
Cariad Thronson (California)
CEO, Forefront Marketing & Communications
Robert Thronson (California)
VP Marketing & Business Development, Vigilent
Craig Tighe (California)
Attorney, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Christopher Tilley (California)
CEO, SunLink Corporation
Sharon Tilley (California)
Director of Product Management, Fair Isaac & Co
Ellen Tohn (Massachusetts)
Founder & Principal, Tohn Environmental Strategies
Doug Trimbach (North Carolina)
Vice President and Director, Lighting Services, Energy Optimizers, USA
Mike Ubell (California)
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Bruce Usher (New York)
Faculty Director, Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School
Naomi Usher (New York)
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
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.
Clint Wilder (California)
Contributing Editor, Clean Edge
Ellie Wilder (California)
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)
Andrea Wittchen (Pennsylvania)
Principal, iSpring
Christopher Woodward (Massachusetts)
Vice President, Credit Research, Breckinridge Capital Advisors
George Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Founder and Director Emeritus, The Woods Hole Research Center
Katharine Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Retired Administrator
HansJorg Wyss (Massachusetts)
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
Bryce Yonker (Oregon)
Executive Director, Smart Grid Northwest
Daniel Yost (California)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Stephanie Yulga Deitz (California)
Head of Lower School, Marin Country Day School
Rosamund Zander (Massachusetts)
Chairman, Independent Design Center for the Environment
Margaret Zankel (California)
Martin Zankel (California)
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel
Zaurie Zimmerman (Massachusetts)
CEO, Zaurie Zimmerman Associates, Inc.
Paul Zorner (California)
Locus Solutions

323 members


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