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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Inflation Reduction Act | Just Transition

May 6, 2024

Insight into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

CEBN provides an overview of the various functions, objectives, and programs of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF).
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Inflation Reduction Act | Just Transition

February 14, 2024

Insight into Direct Pay for Clean Energy Tax Credits

Elective pay, also commonly referred to as “direct pay,” is a new mechanism included in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that enables certain tax-exempt entities to receive direct cash payments from the IRS in the amount of an energy tax…
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Insight into Federal Programs | Just Transition

January 17, 2024

Breaking Down the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains

CEBN provides a summary of the core functions, strategic financing programs, and ongoing and planned investments of the Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains, which was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
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Blog | Just Transition

December 13, 2023

Summit Recap: Award-Winning Teams Showcase their Community Projects in Atlanta

The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) co-hosted the two-day Community Clean Energy Coalition (CCEC) Prize Summit at the Atlanta University Center. This blog provides an in-depth overview of various events held during the…
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Blog | Federal Investment

December 12, 2023

SBIR Winter 2024 Funding Opportunity

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.
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Blog | Just Transition

December 11, 2023

MAKE IT Prize

The Manufacturing of Advanced Key Energy Infrastructure Technologies (MAKE IT) Prize will make approximately $30 million in total funding available to catalyze domestic manufacturing of critical clean energy technology components, moving manufacturing facilities from planning to shovel-ready and enabling strategies…
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Insight into Federal Programs | Just Transition

November 6, 2023

Breaking Down the Office of State and Community Energy Programs

CEBN provides a summary of the goals and various programs and initiatives of the Department of Energy’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs, which was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
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Blog | Just Transition

September 20, 2023

DOE is Set to Improve its SBIR and STTR Programs

In a guest blog post, BPC’s Natalie Tham highlights exciting new changes to DOE’s SBIR/STTR program that align with the Bipartisan Policy Center’s recommendations to help this important program achieve its full potential.
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Inflation Reduction Act | Just Transition

July 20, 2023

Insight into the Inflation Reduction Act: Energy Communities Bonus Tax Credit

CEBN provides a summary of key details from the IRS updated guidance on eligibility requirements for energy communities for the bonus credit program under the Inflation Reduction Act.
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Inflation Reduction Act | Just Transition

June 15, 2023

Insight into the Inflation Reduction Act: Domestic Content Bonus Credits

CEBN provides a summary of key details of the new domestic content requirements for the IRA’s bonus tax credits and their significance towards boosting the American clean energy manufacturing industry. 
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Blog | Federal Investment

June 7, 2023

Section 174 Resource Center: Lapse in Immediate Expensing of R&D Tax Deduction Threatens Startups

Since 1954, the section 174 R&D tax deduction has enabled businesses conducting research and development to deduct these expenses in the year they are incurred. Unfortunately, this provision lapsed in 2022, significantly increasing the cost of performing R&D and receiving…
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Inflation Reduction Act | Just Transition

April 28, 2023

Insight into the Inflation Reduction Act: Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Bonus Credits

Learn about labor and apprenticeship requirements for bonus tax credits for clean energy that are coming out of the Inflation Reduction Act.
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Blog | Federal Investment

June 7, 2023

Section 174 Resource Center: Lapse in Immediate Expensing of R&D Tax Deduction Threatens Startups

Since 1954, the section 174 R&D tax deduction has enabled businesses conducting research and development to deduct these expenses in the year they are incurred. Unfortunately, this provision lapsed in 2022, significantly increasing the cost of performing R&D and receiving…
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Blog | Just Transition

March 23, 2023

Energizing Rural Communities Prize

Learn more about the Energizing Rural Communities Prize, which is a $15 million prize competition that challenges individuals and organizations to develop partnership plans or innovative financing strategies to help rural or remote communities improve their energy systems and advance…
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Inflation Reduction Act | Just Transition

March 14, 2023

Insight into the Inflation Reduction Act: Frequently Asked Questions

CEBN is publishing answers to frequently asked questions on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to help clarify how its programs can benefit you, your community, and your small business or organization – and, as a result, benefit our economy and…
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Blog | Federal Investment

February 24, 2023

The Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation: A Flexible New Tool to Build the Economy, Strengthen Science, and Fight Climate Change

In July 2022, Congress authorized DOE to establish and collaborate closely with a new non-profit Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI). A guest blog post from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) describes where the idea for FESI…
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Blog | Just Transition

September 19, 2022

Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize

Learn more about the Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize, which is a $1.5M prize supporting new and existing coalitions to develop a strategy to address a local clean energy opportunity or inequity in disadvantaged communities.
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Insight into Federal Programs | Just Transition

August 30, 2022

Insight into the 11 Small Business Innovation Research Programs

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities are offered by 11 different federal agencies. Learn more about available funding and support for innovators.
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Blog | Federal Investment

July 29, 2022

938 Cleantech Business Leaders Call for Action on Clean Energy Investments

Since last year, CEBN has spearheaded a campaign that has been supported by 938 clean energy business leaders urging Congress to enact significant investments in a reconciliation package.
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Blog | Federal Investment

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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Press Releases | Federal Investment

June 4, 2024

Press Release: BCSE and CEBN Recognize Step Forward on Tech-Neutral Tax Credits

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Clean Energy Business Network provided a statement in response to the proposed rules for the technology neutral clean electricity tax credit framework issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal…
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Press Releases | Federal Investment

May 30, 2024

Press Release: CEBN Supports Administration’s Actions to Expand Capital Access for Small Climate Businesses

Lynn Abramson, President of the Clean Energy Business Network, provided a statement after the White House announced new actions to expand access to capital for small and medium-sized climate businesses and startups.
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Press Releases | Federal Investment

May 10, 2024

Press Release: Clean Energy Industries Support Robust Funding for Rural Energy Programs in 2024 Farm Bill

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) submitted recommendations to the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture today, urging Congress to include important energy efficiency and clean energy provisions in the Farm Bill…
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Press Releases | Federal Investment

April 25, 2024

Press Release: EPA Standards are Important Long-term Market Signal for Power Sector Decarbonization

Lynn Abramson, President of the Clean Energy Business Network, provided the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced a suite of finalized power sector regulations. These new rules include carbon emission limits on existing coal-fired and new natural gas-fired…
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Press Releases | Federal Investment

April 22, 2024

Press Release: CEBN Celebrates EPA Award of $7 Billion in Solar for All Grants to States, Tribes, and Coalitions

Lynn Abramson, President of the Clean Energy Business Network, provided the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced selected awardees for the Solar for All program within the Green House Gas Reduction Fund. The 60 awardees are projected to…
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Blog | Just Transition

February 5, 2024

Recording – Navigating DOE Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiatives

On February 1, CEBN hosted a webinar exploring DOE sponsored manufacturing funding opportunities featuring presentations from officials at the DOE’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) and Interagency Working Group.
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Press Releases | Federal Investment

February 1, 2024

Press Release: CEBN Applauds House Passage of Tax Deal, Strong Bipartisan Support for Restoring R&D Tax Deduction

Lynn Abramson, President of the Clean Energy Business Network, provided a statement after the House of Representatives passed the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act. This legislation includes a retroactive restoration to Section 174 allowing for immediate expensing…
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Press Releases | Federal Investment

January 16, 2024

Press Release: CEBN Urges Swift Passage of Sec. 174 Revision through Bipartisan Tax Deal

Lynn Abramson, President of the Clean Energy Business Network, offered a statement in response to the announcement of a bipartisan agreement on a tax framework that includes a retroactive restoration of Section 174. The framework would allow for immediate expensing…
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Blog | Just Transition

December 13, 2023

Summit Recap: Award-Winning Teams Showcase their Community Projects in Atlanta

The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) co-hosted the two-day Community Clean Energy Coalition (CCEC) Prize Summit at the Atlanta University Center. This blog provides an in-depth overview of various events held during the…
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Press Releases | Federal Investment

September 27, 2023

Press Release: Coalition of 30 Cleantech & Innovation Organizations Urges Congress to Fully Restore R&D Tax Deduction

Today the Clean Energy Business Network delivered a letter to Congress signed by a coalition of 30 cleantech organizations and allied trade associations urging lawmakers to permanently restore immediate expensing for the Sec. 174 R&D tax deduction, which lapsed in…
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Press Releases | Federal Investment

September 12, 2023

Press Release: Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Call on Appropriators to Support Robust FY24 Clean Energy Funding

Today CEBN joined a coalition of 16 clean energy and energy efficiency trade associations and businesses on a letter to Congress urging appropriators to provide robust support for clean energy programs in FY2024. Lynn Abramson, President of the Clean Energy…
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CEBN in the News | Federal Investment

September 8, 2023

CEBN Letter to Congress on Sec. 174 R&D Tax Deduction covered by Politico Morning Energy

Politico Morning Energy | September 8, 2023 — On September 7th, CEBN sent a letter signed by 210 cleantech business leaders to every congressional office urging Congress to permanently restore immediate expensing under Sec. 174 as soon as practicable this Congress.…
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