Wealth for the Working Class: The Clean Energy Economy

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT

The clean energy economy has seen robust growth in recent decades and now presents the opportunity for widespread wealth creation that benefits American small businesses, their workers, and consumers. It has the potential to create millions of good-paying jobs spread across tens of thousands of businesses while simultaneously lowering energy prices for consumers.

This hearing will focus on workforce development initiatives in the clean energy economy, discuss Congressional proposals regarding clean energy, and explore the potential for the growth this industry could unleash.

Hearing memo

  • Leticia Colon De Mejias, Chief Executive Officer of Energy Efficiencies Solutions and Co-chair for the Building Performance Association, Energy Efficiencies Solutions
  • James Hasselbeck , Director of Operations , ReVision Energy, Inc., South Portland, ME
  • Samuel Gilchrist, Western Campaigns Director, Natural Resources Defense Council, Denver, CO
Republican witness
  • Tom Greer, Proprietor and Owner, Hub City Brewing Co., Belen, NM, Testifying on behalf of the Consumer Energy Alliance

SBA’s Role in Climate Solutions

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “SBA’s Role in Climate Solutions.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

Climate change is increasingly becoming a threat to local economies, but small businesses can take steps to become more resilient and boost their competitiveness. The SBA can support efforts to facilitate access to capital for climate change mitigation investments and resilience efforts. This hearing will allow members to learn more about the role that small businesses can play in addressing climate change, and how federal programs and services support small businesses adapt, innovate, and thrive.

  • Laurel Walk, Chief Lending Officer, Colorado Lending Source, Ltd., Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)
  • Rick Chapman, General Manager and Certified Marina Manager, Port of Sunnyside Club, Inc., Stillwater, MN, Testifying on behalf of the Midwest Marina Association in his role as President
  • Dr. Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network
  • Mark Glenn, Owner and Chief Executive Officer, FASTSIGNS, Carrollton, TX, Testifying on behalf of the International Franchise Association (IFA)