On the heels of President Obama's September 22 speech before the United Nations Climate Change Summit and with Congress debating legislation, sixty-nine private industry executives, investors, and business leaders from the clean technology sector have delivered a letter to the United States Senate calling for swift congressional action on an American Clean Energy & Security Act.
The signers comprise a wide range of leaders within the clean tech community, from established veterans such as venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and Rhone Resch, CEO of Solar Energy Industry Association, to newer entrepreneurs like Matt Golden of home remodeler Sustainable Spaces and Christian Okonsky of electric motor developer KLD Energy.
September 23, 2009
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Leaders Reid & McConnell & All US Senators:
We write you as the entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors of the growing clean technology economy to urge your support for an American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act. As new energy business leaders from across the country, we fully support the legislation's goals: to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.
A New Economic Engine & Jobs at Home.
Only occasionally does Congress have the opportunity to shape a brand new economy and spark long-lasting nationwide growth. The federal government has done it before - by building the transcontinental railroad in the middle of the Civil War, through the Marshall Plan after World War II, and by sparking the broadband Internet revolution in the 1990s. In the midst of the current recession and with billions of private dollars waiting to invest in the clean tech economy, your vote to pass ACES will free up capital, generate more than one million new jobs in every part of the United States (including your home state ), and create a new economic engine.
A Competitive Necessity.
Our competitors are not waiting on us to make the first move, having already adopted national policies and incentives like those in the ACES Act. China has arguably taken the world lead in green technology while pulling ahead of the U.S. in producing a new generation of cars, exporting solar panels, and increasing wind energy capacity. Germany and Spain are also outpacing the United States. We still have advantages, especially in our intellectual property rules and the development of our investor market, but the U.S. cannot afford to wait any longer.
A National Security Imperative.
Every year, the United States imports two-thirds of our oil from other countries, most of whom do not share our democratic values or our free market sensibilities. We send more than $250 billion overseas for an oil habit that has sent us to war and left us at the mercy of other nations' leaders. This is unacceptable when we have a clear path to keep our jobs and money here at home.
As business leaders in the clean energy economy, we ask respectfully for your decisive support to pass an American Clean Energy and Security Act this year. An ACES Act will create non-outsourceable jobs, serve our national security interests, and keep us competitive in the increasingly challenging international marketplace. It is imperative that our national leaders take action now in order to achieve these benefits and to ensure American leadership on this issue.
CEO, SynCH Energy, Inc.
CEO, Wilson TurboPower, Inc.
General Manager, Efficiency First
Founder & Managing Partner, Global Alliances
President, Home Performance Washington
Founder & General Partner, New Cycle Capital
Founder, True Carbon Inc.
CEO, The LeverEdge, Inc.
Senior Director, Team Earth, Conservation International
Chairman, Principle Power, Inc.
CEO, Blue Oak Energy, Inc.
Founder, Ethos Fund
Executive Director, VoteSolar
President and CEO, Foresight Wind Energy, Inc.
Founder & Executive Chairman, GreenVolts, Inc.
Founder & CEO, Akeena Solar, Inc.
CEO, Finelite, Inc.
West Coast Political Director, Environmental Defense Fund
President, US Pure Water Corporation
CEO, NextLight, Inc.
President, Renewable Funding
Managing Partner, Emory Capital Group
CEO and Co-Founder, ElectronVault, Inc.
President and CEO, Ausra, Inc.
Principal, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund
CEO, Adura Technology, Inc.
Chairman, EPV Solar, Inc.
President, Sustainable Places, Inc.
President, Green Design Systems
CEO, EnerNOC, Inc.
Vice President of External Relations, Solaria, Inc.
President, Sungevity , Inc.
Founder, Khosla Ventures
Founding Principal, RightCycle, Inc.
CEO, Coulomb Technologies, Inc.
Partner, Ohana Capital
Co-Founder and COO, ElectronVault, Inc.
Chair, SolarTech; CEO, Real Goods Solar, Inc.
Ed Murray, Ph.D.
Principal, Clean Tech Consulting
Executive Director, Clean Tech Open
Director of Government Relations, Solar Power Partners
CEO, KLD Energy, Inc.
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, OCS Energy, Inc.
CEO, SynGest, Inc.
Venture Partner, CMEA Capital
Founder, Spring Ventures
Executive Director (acting),
Managing Director, North America, Cool NRG International
CEO, SparkSource, Inc.
Melanie Putnam Chief Operating Officer, Green Vehicles, Inc.
Chairman, Powergetics, Inc.
President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Dr. Steffen Rochel
CEO, Vantage Point Venture Partners
President & CEO, Xandex, Inc.
President, 3 Prong Power, Inc.
CEO, GridSpeak, Inc.
CEO, Pacific Carbon Exchange
Vice-President of Business Development & Marketing, Synergy Conscious
President & CEO, Serious Materials
CEO, Powergetics, Inc.
Managing Director, Plug In
Tom Van Dyck, CIMA
Senior Vice President & Financial Consultant, SRI Wealth Management Group & RBC Wealth Management
CEO, Aurora Biofuels, Inc.
Founder & CEO, Climos, Inc.
North America Business Development Director, Better Place
CEO, Solazyme, Inc