Federal Funding for Small Business R&D

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides federal support to encourage small business research, development, and commercialization of promising technologies. Learn about upcoming opportunities to engage in the program in fall of 2019 — including a business letter on proposed improvements.


Want to Work with the Federal Government?

August 3, 2017 | Mark Wagner, Vice President of Government Relations, Johnson Controls Chairman

Are you going to the Federal Energy Management Program’s 2017 Energy Exchange?  The federal government’s premier energy event will bring together agency officials, program managers, and the private sector August 15-17 in Tampa for two and a half days of educational sessions and networking in the exposition hall.  This is the place to be if you are thinking of working with the federal government, but with over 2,000 attendees at the event, it can be overwhelming.  Here are a few tips for how you can get the most out of this experience.


The Urgent Threats Facing Federal Energy Efficiency Investment

July 31, 2017 | Ben Evans, Vice President for Government Affairs & Communications, Alliance to Save Energy

There was a sense of relief in March when the Trump administration’s budget proposal—which would gut federal energy efficiency budgets and wholly eliminate the ENERGY STAR program—got a decidedly hostile reception from both parties on Capitol Hill.


Webinar Recording | Powering Forward 3: State of Play: A Clean Energy Powered Recovery

The third episode of the Powering Forward series was produced in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts and National Governors Association. This webinar examined the state and local response to COVID-19. Panelists explored how state governments are responding to COVID-19, identified what energy resilience solutions are needed by communities in the wake of this crisis, and discussed federal infrastructure legislation currently pending in Congress that could assist communities in building stronger, more resilient energy systems.


Clean Energy Providers: Plug into Emerging State Opportunities

July 28, 2017 | Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network

Innovation in energy production, distribution, storage and use is creating market disruptions at an increasing pace. How are state energy policymakers responding? State policies can either create new market opportunities for clean energy technologies or impose barriers, so it is important for business leaders to understand and respond to these developments.


Affordable Clean Energy Rule Primer

On June 19, 2019, EPA Administrator Wheeler signed the final version of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the Trump Administration’s repeal and replacement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The ACE rule establishes guidelines for states to develop carbon emissions reductions standards for existing coal-fired power plants.


CEBN is Seeking New Team Members

Are you an early career professional (or career changer) seeking interesting, meaningful work? Would you enjoy helping small businesses thrive, learning more about government policy and energy markets, strengthening economic opportunities for diverse communities, and protecting the environment? If so, then you may be a great fit for the Clean Energy Business Network team!


“Technologies for Energy Security Act” would extend and modify investment tax credit

June 23, 2017 | Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network

At the end of 2016, federal tax credits expired for a number of clean energy technologies other than wind and solar.


Tight Budgets and Tight Timing: Takeaways from a Discussion on the FY 2018 Budget Request for Clean Energy Programs

June 16, 2017 | Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network

Funding for clean energy programs is in jeopardy and timing is tight—but business voices can make a difference.


Recording – SETO SBIR/STTR Informational Webinar

This CEBN webinar provided updates on the newly announced Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program topics for FY2021. The speakers below discussed the topics and the application process.


Recording – Powering Forward 5: Election Scenarios & Impacts on the Clean Energy Economy

The fifth installment of Powering Forward was held in partnership with Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP . This webinar explored possible election outcomes, potential impacts on the clean energy economy, and prospects for federal action on energy and climate change.


Recording | Powering Up an Inclusive Clean Energy Workforce

The fourth episode of the Powering Forward series is produced in partnership with Third Way. Speakers explored the opportunities and challenges associated with building and enhancing the clean energy workforce, with a focus on public private partnerships, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and recent survey results on how clean energy employers are responding to COVID-19.