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Purpose

The purpose of the Committee is to drive the engineering industry’s energy agenda through the development and execution of a proactive legislative and regulatory advocacy program.  To support this goal, the Committee will develop policy positions in the energy sector; develop thought leadership on a wide range of business topics important to engineering firms operating in the energy market; develop public and private energy market programs of interest to the membership; and communicate with, and educate, the ACEC membership on energy subjects and trends, risks and opportunities that advance their businesses.

2023-24 Goals

  1. Develop a strategy to define and develop series of mid to long term goals and objectives for 3 to 5 years as a guide and basis for identifying short term steps that support and align with longer term goals.
  2. Define key areas of the energy market that have developed or are developing that ACEC members are involved in or should consider becoming involved in. Initial areas of focus should include but are not limited to:
    1. Decarbonatization and GHG reduction
    2. Renewable Energy
    3. Transportation, Manufacturing, and Building Electrification
    4. ESG strategies
    5. Decentralization and energy storage
    6. Future fuels (RNG and Hydrogen)
    7. Emerging Business models (Energy as a service)
    8. Energy Security and Resilience
  3. Develop a pro-active energy policy agenda that reflects the impacts to the public and private markets. This will include regulatory bodies not just in the energy sector but other regulatory bodies that impact energy usage such as construction and transportation.
  4. Attract an active and engaged membership both for this Committee and for ACEC. This will define the existing and possible role of engineering in the key markets and what role engineers can and should play in new markets such as Energy as a Service.
  5. Identify and collaborate with outside stakeholder organizations to advance business and market opportunities for the engineering industry. This will include developers, financiers, equipment suppliers, technical solutions providers, constructors, and owner operators.
  6. Advance ACEC's visibility and influence on the Hill on emerging energy priorities, and thereby propel the engineering industry’s energy agenda.
  7. Promote balanced national clean energy innovation legislation and policy including implementation of priorities under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Define use of such funds in bridging economic gaps and de-risking of projects and programs.
  8. Promote the engineering industry’s agenda regarding legislation and regulation in support of critical energy infrastructure protection, resilience, reliability, affordability, sustainability and corporate ESG objectives.
  9. Promote legislation to authorize and fund energy infrastructure innovation programs (e.g., DOE research, demonstration, development, and commercial deployment).
  10. Promote efficiency and certainty of energy technology licensing, facility siting and permitting processes. Support development of fast track permitting processes to ensure advancement of key projects. Engage with regulators to enhance interstate transmission planning and permitting processes.
  11. Promote investment in, and efficient allocation of an energy-related workforce, public and private. This will also address skill shortages and delivery methods to deal with the anticipated shortfall in skilled labor compared to deployed funds and number of projects.
  12. Promote balancing of resource utilization and protection when assessing energy related legislation, and policies (e.g., climate adaptation, resilience, and mitigation). This will include supply chain risks and certainty as part of identifying and mitigating delivery risk.
  13. Collaborate with other associations and client organizations to promote: ACEC's energy agenda; PR efforts on benefits of energy infrastructure investment; and member awareness of public and private energy investment challenges and opportunities.
  14. Collaborate with ACEC coalitions, committees, and state Member Organizations to address relevant legislation, regulations, and issues of joint concern within public and private energy markets.

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