Conservative Energy Network and CRES Hold Congressional Meetings to Advocate for Market-Based Approach to Clean Energy Policy

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May 1, 2024 – WASHINGTON – This week, the Conservative Energy Network (CEN) and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) are convening nearly 50 clean energy advocates, business leaders, and state officials from 17 states for the sixth annual fly-in event co-hosted by CEN and CRES. Attendees will participate in meetings with nearly 90 Congressional offices to educate members and staff on clean energy issues at the state and national levels.

The annual fly-in will highlight local conservative action and support for America’s growing clean energy economy. Particular focus will be paid to the areas of permitting reform, grid modernization, and innovative emerging clean technologies such as offshore wind and community solar. 

Attendees will also share updates on how clean energy technology has benefited their local economies. The newly released Clean Economy Tracker found that clean energy and technology manufacturing has led to the announcement of 336,000 jobs and $243 billion in economic investment across the country. 78% of this investment is in conservative-leaning communities. 

“With energy demand on the rise for the first time in a decade, it’s crucial that we safeguard America’s energy independence and security,” said John Szoka, CEO of CEN. “This entails expanding our energy portfolio to incorporate innovative, clean generation sources. The resurgence of domestic manufacturing underscores the urgency of this mission, as it directly impacts our national security. Conservatives at every level must engage in constructive policy discussions to advocate for an energy strategy grounded in free market principles, promoting innovation and sustainability.”

“CRES is proud to partner once again with the Conservative Energy Network to educate policymakers and advocate for all-of-the-above energy policy that reduces emissions and strengthens our economy,” said CRES President Heather Reams. “With hundreds of new clean energy projects breaking ground around the country, this coalition of local conservative clean energy advocates, business leaders, and state officials have a strong story to tell about the impact clean energy is making in their communities, from job creation to lower energy costs.” 

Recent CEN polling found that voters are largely unaware of America’s overall energy strategy but prioritize solutions that promote American energy independence, all-of-the-above energy generation, and cutting red tape that prohibits energy development.

States represented in this year’s fly-in include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Conservative Energy Network (CEN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of 25 state-based conservative clean energy organizations advancing policy solutions that emphasize market competition, consumer choice, and innovation. Learn more at www.conservativeenergynetwork.org.

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) engages Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge. For more information, visit www.CRESenergy.com.