Federal investment

The CEBN works to advance federal policies that drive market-based approaches to accelerate the nation’s transition to cleaner, more efficient sources of energy. We encourage investments in critical programs to spur energy innovation and U.S. competitiveness in the global clean energy economy.

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May 9, 2022

Geothermal Geophone Prize Funding Opportunity

The Geophone Prize is an opportunity to win up to $850,000 in cash prizes and vouchers to work with NREL and the DOE to address the challenges of operating seismic sensors in geothermal environments. Learn more about how to apply!
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April 25, 2022

110+ Business Leaders Support Robust Funding for Federal Cleantech Programs

More than 110 clean energy leaders from 34 states have signed on to CEBN’s letter advocating for robust funding for the Department of Energy and new and existing federal cleantech programs. On Friday, the Clean Energy Business Network shared this…
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April 21, 2022

Insight Into the American-Made Program

Learn about the American-Made Program, an exciting federal program that provides U.S. innovators in clean energy with cash-prizes to develop their technologies and projects.
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April 4, 2022

Breaking Down the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: An Introduction to BIL

Trying to follow new federal laws and understand how they affect you and your business can be a frustrating experience. Keeping track of all the acronyms, timelines, and federal agencies could be a full-time job on top of running your…
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Blog | Just Transition

March 29, 2022

Insight Into Funding Opportunities Supporting Inclusive, Community-Based Climate Solutions

As a nonprofit or small business, time is the most important resource you have. Searching for funding opportunities that are a good fit for your organization can be a frustrating and time-intensive experience. CEBN helps keep track of these resources so…
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March 14, 2022

Clean Energy Can Be America’s National Security Buffer

March 9, 2022 | Cipher — CEBN President Lynn Abramson explores the trifecta of policy solutions America has ready to deploy to support clean energy and bolster our national security. In an op-ed featured in Cipher, Abramson writes “National security,…
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March 8, 2022

The 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook: Four Takeaways for Small Businesses

Last week, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy released their 10th annual “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.” CEBN dug into the data in the Factbook and pulled out the following four trends affecting small businesses. 
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February 25, 2022

Introducing the “Insight into Federal Programs” Series

As a cleantech innovator or business owner, you’re balancing a lot. You’re an expert in your technology and the needs of your community, but you may not be aware of all the government programs that exist to support the clean…
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December 24, 2021

CEBN Looks Back on 2021

Here at the Clean Energy Business Network, we are all about the ‘network.’ Our collective strength as an organization relies on the individual contributions of our members. With each new project you build, each time you sign onto a policy…
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November 8, 2021

CEBN Partners with U.S. Department of Energy to Support Cleantech Innovators

In November, 2021, Clean Energy Business Network celebrates its one-year anniversary as a Power Connector for the U.S. Department of Energy’s American-Made Challenges program—a series of prize competitions to lower the barriers U.S.-based innovators face in reaching manufacturing scale and…
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September 30, 2021

Recording – Powering Forward 8: Building a Diverse Clean Energy Economy from the Ground Up

A recent webinar hosted by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Clean Energy Business Network explored strategies to strengthen diversity and inclusivity in the clean energy economy. In addition, the webinar discussed a case study with respect to…
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June 16, 2021

CEBN Congratulates FY21 SBIR/STTR Awardees

Last week, the Department of Energy announced 235 American small businesses were collectively awarded $54 million through the 2021 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
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May 10, 2022

850+ Cleantech Business Leaders Call for Action on Clean Energy in Reconciliation

In May, CEBN sent a letter to Congress signed by more than 850 clean energy business leaders calling for further action on clean energy in a reconciliation package.
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April 15, 2022

Send Your Representatives Your Clean Energy Priorities

As Congress begins to set spending levels through the annual appropriations process, CEBN provides all the tools you need to ensure your voice is heard. With just a couple clicks, send a message to your representatives on your company’s top…
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April 14, 2022

Tell Congress to Support Innovation & Clean Energy

In spring 2022, Congress is determining funding levels for the next fiscal year. This includes appropriations for energy programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) and other agencies. CEBN’s sign-on letter shows small business support for innovation programs. Sign here!
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October 4, 2021

750+ Cleantech Business Leaders Back Robust Action on Clean Energy in Budget & Infrastructure Bills

More than 750 clean energy business leaders have signed on to CEBN’s letter to Congress applauding passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill and calling for further action on clean energy. This campaign has attracted support from clean energy business leaders…
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May 4, 2022

Press Release: Clean Energy Businesses Call on Congressional Leadership and President Biden to Act Quickly on Clean Energy Tax Measures

Washington, D.C. – The Presidents of the BCSE and CEBN sent letters today to members of the House and Senate Leadership and to President Biden urging them to reach agreement by Memorial Day and enact into law prior to the…
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December 28, 2021

CEBN Advocacy Letter Garners Washington Post Coverage

Washington Post Climate 2021 | December 9, 2021 — CEBN’s letter calling on Congress to enact robust investments in Build Back Better received coverage from the Washington Post. This campaign has attracted coverage of national news outlets and has the…
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December 22, 2021

Press Release: CEBN and BCSE Applaud the Launch of Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

Washington, DC – CEBN and BCSE applaud the announcement from the Department of Energy establishing the new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, to be led by Kelly Cummins.
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December 21, 2021

Press Release: Build Back Better Act has Vital Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments

Washington, DC – In response to ongoing Congressional negotiations about the Build Back Better Act, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Clean Energy Business Network released the following comments.
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November 24, 2021

Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Funding Opportunity

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have created a new, cross-cutting funding opportunity to support community partnerships. The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will provide a total of $2.5 million in funding to up to 10 teams to…
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November 16, 2021

Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Funding Opportunities

The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR), known as “America’s Seed Fund,” provides nondilutive grants to small businesses to help them develop and commercialize technology innovations. The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced topics for the next round…
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November 8, 2021

CEBN Partners with U.S. Department of Energy to Support Cleantech Innovators

In November, 2021, Clean Energy Business Network celebrates its one-year anniversary as a Power Connector for the U.S. Department of Energy’s American-Made Challenges program—a series of prize competitions to lower the barriers U.S.-based innovators face in reaching manufacturing scale and…
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November 6, 2021

Press Release: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is an Historic First Step Towards Securing a Resilient Clean Energy Economy

BCSE President Lisa Jacobson and CEBN President Lynn Abramson released the joint-statement below following the House passing a procedural vote to consider the Build Back Better Act and passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA includes…
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September 29, 2021

Press Release: CEBN Selected as Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Winner

The Small Business Administration has selected the CEBN as a winner for the 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC). The GAFC winners were selected based on their proposals for targeting innovation-focused entrepreneurs from underrepresented and under-resourced communities. As a GAFC…
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September 14, 2021

CEBN Featured in POLITICO Morning Energy

POLITICO Morning Energy | September 14, 2021 — CEBN’s advocacy letter supporting clean energy in the bipartisan infrastructure package and reconciliation bill passed 500 signatures and was featured in POLITICO Morning Energy.
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August 24, 2021

The American-Made Solar Prize is Back with Round 5

The American-Made Solar Prize is back! The latest iteration of this competition, Round 5, is offering solar innovators $4.6 million in total cash prizes. Learn more about this prize and view resources to help you compete to win.
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August 10, 2021

Press Release: CEBN Applauds Senate for Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, First Step Towards Energy Infrastructure Needs

CEBN President Lynn Abramson praised Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure deal as a first step to addressing energy infrastructure needs. Abramson urged Congress to build on today’s success and enact policies and investments in additional legislation under consideration that…
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