Press Releases | Federal Investment
June 2, 2023
April 20, 2023 | Lynn Abramson, President
The Clean Energy Business Network is a key driver of thought leadership and advocacy behind policy solutions to advance cleantech innovation, demonstration, and commercialization. CEBN has advocated for solutions to break down barriers to participation in federal R&D grant programs and increase accessibility for small businesses—particularly those led by minority and female founders. Additionally, CEBN has focused on bridging the valley of death to commercialization of new clean energy technologies.
In the spring of 2023, CEBN weighed in on the design of two newly-authorized programs to support clean energy innovation at the Department of Energy (DOE):
The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) was established in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (2021) to accelerate the demonstration of clean energy technologies from the lab to market. While many of OCED’s programs invest in large-scale demonstration hubs, CEBN has also pushed for investment in small-scale demonstration projects to help small businesses and startups commercialize their technologies.
Additionally, the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI) was created in the bipartisan Chips and Sciences Act (2022) as a public-private partnership, independent from the DOE, that will help advance DOE’s mission and bring new technology to market more quickly. CEBN has weighed in on the design of FESI to address critical gaps in technology commercialization, decarbonization of the U.S. economy, stakeholder engagement, and advancement of a just and equitable clean energy transition.
Learn more about CEBN’s previous work in federal policy advocacy.