WASHINGTON DC, November 15, 2021 – American Clean Power Association CEO Heather Zichal issued the following statement today after President Biden signed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law:
“The American Clean Power Association applauds President Biden and bipartisan Congressional leaders for making a historic and long overdue investment in America’s infrastructure. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a major victory for Americans that will make unprecedented investments to modernize and enhance the nation’s electrical grid and provide consumers with more opportunities to receive reliable, zero-carbon electricity across the country. An overwhelming majority of voters — 93% — believe that clean energy is important to the country’s energy future, and the bipartisan support for this legislation is a powerful example of what we can get done for American clean power when our leaders come together.
Now, our industry stands not only ready to work to implement the IIJA but also to work with Congress and the Administration to pass the Build Back Better Act (BBBA). The Build Back Better Act will make critical investments in expanding the clean energy economy growing jobs, opportunities, and investments in communities across America, while also helping to protect our environment and meet emissions reduction targets.
Already, 415,000 Americans are working in wind, solar and energy storage across America. Ensuring our industry will have stable and predictable policies will help drive new investment and accelerate the development of projects that could deliver over 1 million clean energy jobs by 2030. Four out of five voters support tax incentives for the expansion of the clean energy industry.
We commend President Biden, Vice President Harris, and members of Congress for accelerating efforts to create a clean energy future that will help combat the climate crisis and create more good-paying American jobs. We are committed to working with the administration, Congress and our member companies to ensure the successful passage of the Build Back Better Act in 2021.”