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Statement from Conservative Energy Network on Announcement of Regional Clean Energy Hydrogen Hubs

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CEN CONTACT: Joanna Lewis – jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org October 19, 2023 – Lansing, Mich. – Last Friday the Department of Energy announced $7 billion to launch seven regional clean hydrogen hubs. The following statement can be attributed to John Szoka, CEO of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN). “CEN state teams across the country worked diligently to build […]


Conservative Energy Network Announces Promotions and Hirings

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New Positions Include Vice President, Policy Manager, Midwest Regional Deputy Director, and Senior Campaigns Manager CEN Contact: Joanna Lewis –  jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org October 18, 2023 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 24 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today announced the hiring of Connor Marley and the promotions of Larry Ward, […]


Commentary: Offshore wind is a win for North Carolina

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Originally Published in Energy News Network Landing an automobile manufacturing plant is a major win for a state, both economically and politically. In March 2023 VinFast announced that it would invest $4 billion to build a new automotive manufacturing plant in North Carolina that would create over 7,500 jobs. This was widely celebrated by politicians […]


CEN Applauds State Proclamations Recognizing September 25-29, 2023 as Clean Energy Week

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECEN CONTACT: Joanna Lewis, jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org September 25, 2023 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN) applauds the 34 governors who have signed proclamations recognizing September 25-29, 2023 as Clean Energy Week in their states. The proclamations were issued in cooperation with National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), an annual initiative, founded by […]


Ensuring Energy Reliability in the Transition to Clean Energy | Part 2

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Read Part 1 Energy reliability is a pivotal factor in maintaining the essential functions of our society. Recent events shed light on the susceptibility of isolated energy systems. The lack of grid interconnection parallels the reliability challenges faced by energy models like Community Choice Aggregators and reveals the necessity of bolstering interconnection to ensure energy […]


Using Community Solar To Protect Energy Freedom

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Originally Published in Real Clear Energy Whether it’s record heat advisories across the Midwest, threat of blackouts in Texas, or unprecedented tornadoes and tropical storms, consumers’ ability to rely on their respective state grids has been seriously tested. And has often failed in recent months. Thankfully, solutions are already cropping up across the country. More states are witnessing a diversified energy portfolio […]


Ensuring Energy Reliability in the Transition to Clean Energy | Part 1

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Clean energy has become vital to the United States energy portfolio as it seeks energy independence and reduced environmental impact. However, the reliability of energy supply and efficient transmission present critical challenges in harnessing the potential of new energy resources, and these challenges are not isolated to one region or energy source. Regional transmission organizations […]


Opinion: Conservatism and clean energy go together. Leaders are showing how in Iowa.

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John Szoka and Nick Boeyink First published in the Des Moines Register August 18 As the 2024 presidential election draws near, the Iowa State Fair takes center stage as a political hotspot, attracting prominent conservative leaders and presidential hopefuls from across the nation. This year, the Conservative Energy Network, or CEN, a nonprofit coalition of […]


Conservative Conclave XIV Draws State and National Leaders to Des Moines to Discuss Clean Energy

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Conservative leaders representing 24 states gather to advance the conservative clean energy movement August 14, 2023 — DES MOINES, Iowa — The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 24 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today announced the beginning of Conservative Conclave XIV. This annual gathering of network members, technical experts, industry representatives, and policymakers is hosted this year by CEN […]


Conservatives Launch New Nationwide Coalition Supporting Community Solar

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The Community Solar Freedom Coalition is committed to advancing the free market growth of community solar. CONTACT: Tyler Duvelius – tduvelius@conservativeenergynetwork.org  August 1, 2023 — LANSING, Mich. — Earlier today, conservative clean energy supporters announced the launch of the Community Solar Freedom Coalition (CSFC). This new effort, led by the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), is […]


Republican clean energy leaders must be recognized

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Originally posted on The Hill By Heather Reams and John Szoka As Republicans who support clean energy solutions to lower global emissions and strengthen our economy, we know there is no better time than now — on the heels of a debt agreement that made important strides toward reforming our federal permitting processes — to advocate for policies that unleash American energy production. Americans want lower energy costs, reduced reliance […]


Conservative Energy Network and CRES Hold 70+ Lawmaker Meetings to Advocate for Market-Based Approach to Clean Energy Policy

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Contact: Joanna Lewis – jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.orgJune 6, 2023 – 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 19 states for the fifth annual fly-in event co-hosted by CEN and CRES. Attendees will participate in meetings […]


Conservative Energy Network Statement on Passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act

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A bipartisan first step toward comprehensive permitting reform Contact: Joanna Lewis, jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org June 2, 2023 — LANSING, Mich. — John Szoka, CEO of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), issued the following statement after final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3746): “The passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act demonstrates that Republicans and Democrats can work together to address our nation’s most pressing needs. […]


CEN Announces New Chief Executive Officer

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Former North Carolina State Legislator Assumes Leadership of National Clean Energy Advocacy Organization FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CEN CONTACT: Joanna Lewis – jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org May 16, 2023 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 24 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today named John Szoka as its new CEO. The position has been […]


Conservative Energy Network Statement on House Passage of the Lower Energy Costs Act

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H.R. 1 is a positive first step in America’s path to energy dominance Contact: Joanna Lewis, jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org  March 30, 2023 — LANSING, Mich. — Following the passage of the Lower Energy Costs Act (H.R. 1) in the United States House of Representatives, Brittany Zwierzchowski Tisler, COO and Interim CEO of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), […]


Conservative Energy Network Adds Kacey Crane and Zachary Davis to Operations Team

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CEN Also Announces Additional State Promotions and Hirings CEN Contact: Joanna Lewis –  jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org March 23, 2023 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 24 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today announced the hiring of Kacey Crane and Zachary Davis. Crane will serve as Strategic Plan Coordinator and Davis as […]


The Promise of Energy Battery Storage

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Battery storage has long been hyped as the “silver bullet” that will make a 100% clean energy future possible. Energy storage helps balance fluctuations in electricity supply by storing electricity during periods of relatively high production and low demand to release back to the electric power grid during periods of lower production or higher demand. […]


Conservative Energy Network Launches Clean Future Academy and Conservative Energy Podcast

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The new tools will provide updated information on market-driven clean technology innovation Contact: Joanna Lewis, jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org  February 2, 2023 — LANSING, Mich. — The Conservative Energy Network (CEN) today unveiled a new policy initiative, the Clean Future Academy (CFA). The CFA will be an educational resource hub for policymakers, energy stakeholders, and members of the […]


CEN Joins 32 Organizations to Support Implementation of Republicans’ Energy, Climate and Conservation Policy Framework

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Contact: Joanna Lewis, jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org  January 30, 2023 — LANSING, Mich. — The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), with 32 other conservative organizations, today submitted a letter expressing support of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) and House Republican leadership as they work to implement the policy framework outlined by the House Energy, Climate and Conservation (ECC) Task Force. […]


Conservative Energy Network Announces Leadership Changes

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Keith to depart Land & Liberty Coalition®, Pischea to replace him as national director January 5, 2023 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN) today announced a key change to the leadership team of the Land & Liberty Coalition® (L&LC), a grassroots project of CEN. Jackson Keith is departing his role as director of L&LC to serve as the […]


Arizona Community Solar Program Would Deliver Billions in Positive Economic Impact, ASU Report Projects

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CONTACT: Landon Stevens – lstevens@conservativeenergynetwork.org November 7, 2022 – LANSING, Mich. – Arizona State University’s (ASU) L. William Seidman Research Institute published a study Friday estimating various economic and fiscal impact scenarios for the potential rollout of a community solar program in Arizona. The study, supported by the Conservative Energy Network, suggests that creating a […]


Overwhelming Majorities Say Candidates Should Care about Clean Energy and Climate Change as Americans Head to the Ballot Box

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Americans are pessimistic about direction of country; believe electric bills are too high November 3, 2022 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 24 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today released the results of its seventh annual national survey. Respondents answered questions about clean energy, climate solutions, market competition, and […]


CEN Applauds U.S. Senate Resolution Recognizing September 26-30 as National Clean Energy Week

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September 30, 2022 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN) applauds the United States Senate for passing Senate Resolution 794 which recognizes September 26-30, 2022 as National Clean Energy Week (NCEW). The resolution is bipartisan in nature with 9 Republican co-sponsors and it passed with unanimous consent. NCEW is an annual event, founded by the Citizens for Responsible […]


House Republican Framework for Energy, Climate and Conservation Solutions Gets Support from 26 Organizations

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Originally released by ClearPath Washington, DC – Friday, August 26, 2022 – A group of 26 organizations shared their support for the policy framework finalized by the House Republican Energy, Climate and Conservation (ECC) Task Force last week as part of their Commitment with America. In a letter to Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and […]


Just How High are South Carolina’s Electricity Bills?

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Originally Posted August 3rd via the Palmetto Promise Institute Download the full report: Assessing the Spectrum of Reform: How Collaboration & Competition in South Carolina Could Help Lower Some of America’s Highest Electricity Bills  Earlier this year (July 20), the Palmetto State learned the devastating news. In a major industrial announcement, Nippon Denkai said that it was […]


What is in the Inflation Reduction Act, and how will we pay for it? 

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 14, otherwise known as “the Inflation Reduction Act,” – the latest iteration of what was once known as “Build Back Better.” The House is expected to pass the bill later this week, approving $369 billion in funding for clean energy projects, pollution controls, tax breaks […]


Palmetto Promise Institute and Conservative Energy Network Release “Spectrum of Reform” Electricity Price Study

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPPI Contact: Lawson Mansell(843) 694-1540lawson@palmettopromise.org In the wake of V.C. Summer Anniversary, Palmetto Promise Institute and Conservative Energy Network Release Electricity Price Study COLUMBIA, SC – A new study released today by Palmetto Promise Institute (PPI) and The Conservative Energy Network (CEN) titled “Assessing the Spectrum of Reform: How Collaboration & Competition in South Carolina Could Help […]


CEN and Land & Liberty Coalition® Support MISO Approval of New Transmission Lines

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The move marks a needed and positive step forward, but additional action is still needed LANSING, MI – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN) and the Land & Liberty Coalition® (L&LC) applaud the decision of MISO Board of Directors to advance the construction of transmission lines in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South […]


Statement from CEN Board of Directors on Death of Founder & President Mark Pischea

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It is with great sadness that the Conservative Energy Network (CEN) Board of Directors announces the death of Mark Pischea, founder and president of CEN. Mark passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022. He had been on medical leave since the beginning of 2022. He issurvived by his five children, Bradley, Mitchell, Emma, Aaron, and […]


CEN CRES Fly-In

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This week, CEN and CRES are teaming up for the 4th annual fly-in sessions happening across the nation. Congressional leaders and staffers will be meeting with our CEN teams to discuss important energy issues including energy security, innovation and the benefits of free-market tactics. Director of External Affairs, Tyler Duvelius had this to say about […]


CEN Applauds Governor DeSantis’ Veto of Florida House Bill 741    

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April 27, 2022 – LANSING, Mich. – Today the Conservative Energy Network (CEN) applauds Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for vetoing House Bill 741, which would have gutted rooftop solar net metering and raised power bills for Florida families and businesses. The following statement can be attributed to Tyler Duvelius, director of external affairs, Conservative Energy Network: “By […]


Join CEN at Earthx2022

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The CEN team is thrilled to be bringing representatives from national, state and local staff to #Earthx2022. Earthx2022, hosted by EarthX, is an annual gathering of speakers, interactive presentations, music, food and entertainment – with a mission to provide achievable solutions towards a more sustainable future. “From former Texas Governors George W. Bush and Rick […]


Women in Energy

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Celebrating the accomplishments of the hardworking women in energy  Women are innovators, creators, do-ers and dreamers, making invaluable contributions to our energy history and future. The women in our Network are doing incredible work to advance smart, market-led, clean energy policies and we are proud to celebrate them. In recognition of Women’s History Month, we […]


As Russia Attacks Ukraine, U.S. Energy Policy Takes Center Stage

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Last week, Russia invaded Ukraine, triggering a war that is destined to have a widespread effect on the whole world. While pundits in the media focus primarily on the impacts to the stock market, supply chains, and inflation, there should also be real concern about what this means for energy policy in the U.S. In […]


CEN Adds Special Projects Manager

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Conservative Energy Network Continues to Expand National Team FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECEN CONTACT: Joanna Lewis – jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org February 1, 2022 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today announced the hire of Special Projects Manager Morgan Stanchak. This new position reflects the continued expansion of CEN’s national […]


Nuclear Energy Primer

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As the energy market shifts, many overlook the potential of nuclear energy to meet the need for clean and affordable energy solutions in the future. In fact, nuclear energy remains the greatest clean power contributor in the United States, producing 800 billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Nuclear energy can fill the intermittency gaps […]


Land & Liberty Coalition Launches in Kentucky

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Grassroots organization seeks to empower Kentucky landowners, protect property rights and promote rural economic growth FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CEN Contact: Justin Poland – jpoland@landandlibertycoalition.com January 11, 2022 – Glasgow, Ky. – The Land & Liberty Coalition (L&LC), a project of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), today announced the launch of its Kentucky chapter. The grassroots […]


New CEN Poll Shows Voters Want America-First Clean Energy and Climate Solutions

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National pollster Glen Bolger to present results during December 15 webinar FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CEN CONTACT: Tyler Duvelius – tduvelius@conservativeenergynetwork.org   December 8, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today released the results of its 6th annual national survey. The survey was conducted […]


Welfare for Texas Electricity Generators Is Not a Viable Solution

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By Matt Welch and Landon Stevens The blackouts in the ERCOT region this past February were a tragedy on multiple levels and should never happen again.  The Texas Legislature passed several laws intended to improve reliability of the ERCOT electric grid, and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has been working quickly to implement […]


University of Texas Releases Electric Competition Scorecard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CEN CONTACT: Joanna Lewis– jlewis@conservativeenergynetwork.org October 20, 2021 – AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas has released a national “Electric Competition Scorecard” in conjunction with the release of “The State of Electric Competition in the United States of America,” an academic paper authored by Joshua D. Rhodes, PhD., Aaron Nisman, William […]


Celebrating National Clean Energy Week

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What if I told you that more Republicans in the United States Senate recently voted for a pro-clean energy bill than Democrats? At best, you would probably think that I was tragically misinformed – but last June more Republicans voted for the Growing Climate Solutions Act than Democrats. The fact is, more conservatives are embracing […]


Bipartisan Infrastructure Package Stalls in House, Jeopardizes Step Toward a Cleaner Future

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Earlier this month the U.S. Senate passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. The package included a host of priorities ranging from traditional infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, and transportation projects to forward looking innovations in areas like broadband deployment and cyber security.  Notably, the infrastructure package calls for the largest single investment in clean […]


Land & Liberty Coalition Launches in Virginia

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Virginia grassroots organization joins national coalition to empower local clean energy supporters Richmond, VA. (Aug 11, 2021) — On Monday, the Land & Liberty Coalition (L&LC), a project of Conservatives for Clean Energy – Virginia (CCE-VA), announced the launch of a Virginia chapter of the Land & Liberty Coalition. L&LC is a national grassroots organization that partners with local […]


CEN Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

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August 10, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, applauds the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) in the United States Senate. The bipartisan bill, which earned the support of 19 Republican members, promotes a clean energy future by cutting red tape […]


Community Solar Offers Customer Choice, Competition, and Bill Savings

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Americans are rethinking the standard monopoly utility model in electricity markets across the country, opting more frequently into community solar programs. These programs allow customers to participate in generating solar power who may not want, or be able, to install solar panels on their homes or businesses. Instead, they can subscribe to purchase blocks of […]


Conservative Energy Network, Allied Groups Urge Congress to Act on Carbon Management

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CEN CONTACT: Tyler Duvelius– tduvelius@conservativeenergynetwork.org August 5, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – Mark Pischea, president and CEO of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today released the following statement in response to CEN signing onto a letter urging Congress to include targeted carbon capture […]


Protecting Consumers by Increasing Competition

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What is this? Earlier today, the Conservative Energy Network joined the Energy Choice Coalition, Heritage Action for America, Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions, and R-Street Institute, among others, in signing onto a letter urging congressional leaders to “undertake a detailed and objective study of the cost of electricity in the United States.”  This independent study would examine whether the current electricity […]


Conservative Energy Network Celebrates Senate Passage of Growing Climate Solutions Act

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June 24, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today celebrates the passage of the Growing Climate Solutions Act (S. 1251) in the United States Senate. The measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, 92-8. The Growing Climate Solutions Act was sponsored by Senator […]


Conservative Energy Network Applauds Launch of the Conservative Climate Caucus

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June 23, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – Mark Pischea, president and CEO of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today made the following statement in response to the newly announced Conservative Climate Caucus: “As climate change is being discussed at all levels of society, the Conservative Energy Network applauds […]


The Truth on Energy Infrastructure: Regulatory Reform as Important as Cash

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Last week President Biden unveiled his hefty new infrastructure proposal labeled the “American Jobs Plan” with a price tag of over $2.2 trillion dollars. The usual suspects found in any infrastructure bill are there: roads, bridges, ports, and transit systems. Beyond those, the President also aims to tackle drinking water, broadband, and supply chains. At […]


Big Opportunity in Texas for CO2 Capture

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The Texas legislature is considering HB1284 and SB450, a set of bills that will empower the state to begin approving permits for the use of Class VI wells for carbon capture and storage. Class VI wells are those designed to inject CO2 deep into the earth for long-term storage. Currently, these approvals are handled by […]


Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Reveals Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

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May 11, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – Mark Pischea, president and CEO of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations,  today made the following statement in response to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. “Unfortunately, cyberattacks are a new form of warfare that are not going away. America’s energy independence […]


Conservative Leaders Across the Nation Discuss Energy Policy with Members of Congress During 3rd Annual Fly-In

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May 4, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – This week, the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, will conduct more than 65 learning sessions with Members of Congress and their staff. This is CEN’s third annual fly-in in collaboration with Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES). Meeting attendees will […]


Conservative Energy Network Unveils Build America Initiative

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April 14, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – Today, the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, unveiled its Build America Initiative which seeks to celebrate historical conservative leadership on infrastructure investment. By highlighting the achievements of former U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, the initiative calls on conservatives to support sensible infrastructure […]


Conservative Energy Network Unveils Build America Initiative

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April 14, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – Today, the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, unveiled its Build America Initiative which seeks to celebrate historical conservative leadership on infrastructure investment. By highlighting the achievements of former U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, the initiative calls on […]


CEN Launches Website to Chronicle Electric Utility Abuse of Power

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‘Utility Playbook’ Spotlights Tactics Used by Utilities to Take Advantage of Ratepayers April 7, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today announced the launch of a new website: www.utilityplaybook.com. The website identifies specific “plays” that utilities across the country use to influence policymakers, block […]


Conservative Energy Network Announces Hire of New Media Strategist

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CEN Continues to Expand National Team April 5, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today announced the hire of New Media Strategist Kayla Ventura. This new position will enable CEN and its state teams to strengthen their digital presence and reach a broader audience […]


Including Grid Investments in Future Infrastructure Plans

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By Landon Stevens If the devastating impacts of winter storm Uri in Texas last month showed us anything, it is that there are gaping holes in grid infrastructure that need to be addressed to increase resiliency and keep the lights on in any condition. In Washington, President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package just made its […]


What ‘All of the Above’ Really Means

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By Landon Stevens Last month dozens of people died and millions were left in the dark as historic winter storm Uri hit Texas and the Southern United States. Immediately upon hearing of blackouts sweeping across large swaths of Texas, vocal proponents on both sides of the all-too-politicized energy debate took to social media to point […]


CEN Adds External Affairs Director, Senior Communications Manager

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Conservative Energy Network Continues to Expand National Team March 1, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today announced two promotions: Tyler Duvelius, director of external affairs, and Joanna Lewis, senior communications manager. Both are new positions that reflect CEN’s continued expansion and will increase […]


For Republicans, A Chance to Lead on Clean Energy

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By: Mark Pischea, President and CEO, Conservative Energy Network Despite the chaotic nature of the 2020 election and the doom and gloom prognostications of the death of the Republican Party, when the votes were tallied, a different story emerged. Far from being dead and buried, Republicans running down ballot actually outperformed Democrats—they picked up at least six seats in the House and had a historic night in state-level elections, […]


New Poll Shows Voters Want Climate and Clean Energy Solutions

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Mark Pischea of Conservative Energy Network noted, “you can embrace clean energy without comprising your conservative principles … This is an area that is ripe with opportunity for Republicans and smart Republicans will acknowledge the need to embrace a solution to clean energy and climate.”


Competition, Not Mandates, Will Secure our Energy Future

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As more consumers demand clean energy, it’s up to markets to respond. However, without policy solutions that advance real competition, and until our state and federal leaders reach consensus to replace our nation’s outdated and costly monopoly utility system, any progress is fleeting—and ratepayers will be stuck with the fallout.


A Strong Message to FERC: Energy Policy Belongs to the States

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A Strong Message to FERC: Energy Policy Belongs to the States “Iowans know the unique makeup of our state, and how it differs from other states around the country. The Iowa Utilities Board — people here in Iowa — not an agency in DC, should be in control of Iowa’s retail energy market.” Such were […]


Editorial: Solar’s Future Should be Brighter

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Now, however, as stated in Conservatives for Clean Energy’s platform: “Saving energy and taxpayer resources aligns perfectly with the goals of fiscal conservatism. Conservatives can and should lead on energy efficiency, as it matches our core values.” Now that the cost of solar panels is dropping, solar energy can now compete head-to-head more successfully with more traditional energy sources.


Letter to the Editor: Some Good News On Offer: Solar Powering Our Future

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At the center of powering Ohio’s economic future and job creation will be the continued deployment of renewable energy technologies. Among the uncertainty of today, there is a ray of good news: the Ohio Power Siting Board – the state agency in charge of utility energy projects – has approved yet another significant solar project for Brown and Clermont Counties.


Commentary: For Hard-Hit Renewable Sector, Conversations in Congress show an Encouraging Trend

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It is encouraging to see conservatives leading discussions on these proposed plans, but we must act now to help revitalize and modernize America’s aging infrastructure and energy grids. Together, these proposed stimulus plans can help businesses turn the lights back on and get the country back to work for a brighter economic and energy future.


Viewpoint: Now More Than Ever, Energy Security Matters

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As we all react to this new normal and question how we could have prepared better, it’s past time to consider that much like the warnings of epidemiologists about a potential pandemic that went unheeded, energy experts have been raising red flags about the vulnerability of our nation’s electricity system for years.

To effectively meet this challenge and prepare for future crises, we must invest in a more adaptable grid solution, one that emphasizes a diversified energy portfolio of baseload and renewable sources and is structured around a more flexible workforce.


CEN Adds Director of Communications & Digital Strategy, Midwest Communications Manager

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Conservative Energy Network Continues to Expand National Team The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy and energy efficiency organizations, today announced two new hires: Tom McLaughlin, director of communications and digital strategy, and Joanna Lewis, Midwest communications manager. While these positions are new to the organization, McLaughlin and Lewis […]


Opinion: The power of collaboration leads to good energy policy

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As we collectively adjust to a new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to also celebrate good news in Iowa. As a member of the Iowa Conservative Energy Forum, I’d like to congratulate all the stakeholders that met over the past year to find a compromise on solar energy policy that works for all Iowans. Senate File 583 was recently signed into law by Governor Reynolds after passing unanimously in both the state House and Senate. This important legislation provides consistency, reliability and the opportunity for solar energy to continue to grow in Iowa.


Issues Of The Environment: Pushing For “Energy Freedom” In The Michigan Legislature

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A series of “energy freedom” bills, which would allow customers to diversify energy generation and usage is before the Michigan Legislature.  For this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair talks with Ed Rivet, executive director of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, about a new strategy to move the measures forward. 


Commentary: Here comes the Texas sun

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A new Texas energy source is figuratively (and literally) just over the horizon.

We are all too familiar with the hot Texas sun that can easily fry an egg on the sidewalk and sends us running into air conditioning. But that heat is energy, and with it comes the ability to generate the same electricity needed to drive those air conditioners we rely on to stay sane. And Texas sure has a lot of heat.


George Riley: Approving cost-effective Solar Together program is a no brainer

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Last month, I proudly joined Conservatives for Clean Energy as their new Florida Director. Our group was founded in North Carolina in 2014 to educate the public and decision-makers on the economic benefits of clean energy and advocate for continued investments across the Southeast.


Tesla, Michigan, and Conservative Clean Energy

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Electric automaker Tesla settled a lawsuit with the state that will allow sales and service in Michigan.

Applauding the move is the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum. Kevin Essebaggers talks with MICEF Executive Director Ed Rivet about the Tesla development, and what it’s like being a conservative group lobbying for renewable energy solutions.


Energy Prices and Adjustment Tools Debated in Interim Senate and Business Finance Hearing in Texas

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In early February, the Senate Business and Finance Committee convened to discuss interim charges on energy tasked by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

Texas is an energy-only market — wherein energy producers are paid only after they provide power. 


Commentary: For retired wind turbines, we can find alternatives to landfills

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Many have probably now seen the picture, shared widely on social media, of wind turbine blades being buried in a landfill in Wyoming. The picture highlights a legitimate challenge to wind energy, especially as costs continue to fall and deployment of wind increases across the country. Importantly those challenges, one of them highlighted here, are not a reason to walk away from the table.


Colorado College poll: Western voters find common ground on environment as priority

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Many Republicans in Western states believe in conservation, in part, because they are hunters and anglers, said Greg Brophy, Colorado director for The Western Way, a right-leaning conservation group. His assertion is backed up by the recent poll, which found 69% of voters across all eight states identify as conservationists.


Michigan’s renewable energy law levels off next year. What’s next?

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Expanded renewable energy law, long-term utility planning or targets set by the governor are all on the table.

Michigan’s renewable energy standard has helped spur utility investments in clean energy over the past decade, but that may end after next year when the state targets level off at 15% renewable generation.


Arizona needs balanced approach to renewable energy policies

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In our highly charged political environment, the question of whether to incorporate more renewable energy resources as part of our overall energy infrastructure is—as with most issues—often viewed in the prism of being either “left” or “right.”  Unfortunately, this simplistic view distorts an increasingly important issue, and one that has much deeper significance than whether, from a political perspective, conservatives or liberals perceive renewable energy positively or negatively. In fact, transitioning to a more robust renewable energy portfolio has important implications for air quality, water supply, economic development, and national security.


The controversial Indiana ‘coal bailout’ bill could raise your rates. Here’s what you should know.

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Monday is a pivotal day for legislation that could extend the life of coal-powered electricity in Indiana, a measure supporters say would briefly pause a transition to cleaner energy sources but that critics argue is bad for the environment and energy markets.


Where coal ash cost belongs

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After much legal wrangling, 2020 kicked off with news that Duke Energy finally had agreed to excavate all of its coal ash basins, including at Mayo and Roxboro Power Stations, and move the material to lined landfills.


Opinion: In Colorado, conservative and pro-oil and gas communities support renewables, too

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If you believe some politicians and media pundits, the way we produce energy in the United States is extremely controversial.

To hear them tell it, some people are wedded to fossil fuels and other people only want renewables. The two sides are locked in vicious political combat and the idea of them ever working together is impossible, according to the political and media elite.


Survey Release: Voters Overwhelmingly Support Clean Energy Policy Across Party Lines

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The Conservative Energy Network (CEN) today released the results of their fourth annual National Clean Energy Survey. Findings from the survey suggests that clean energy policy is an important issue to a strong majority of voters and will be crucial to the success of candidates in swing districts and states in the 2020 election.


A quest for ‘green liberty’: How America’s eco-republicans are trying to reclaim the right

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By Devin Hartman Originally published in Corporate Knights | January 25, 2024 Corporate Knights reached out to conservatives in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. who are hoping to steer their parties toward a more sustainable future. We asked all three the same question: what is your prescription for green conservatives? Read our introduction here. Political movements are […]


Virginia’s Energy Renaissance: Transforming Coal Lands into a Renewable Future

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On November 1st, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced a monumental step towards diversifying the energy market in Virginia and reinvigorating the economy in the towns and areas devastated by the closures of coal plants in the southwest region. Youngkin announced that a new development agreement will establish a framework for public and private sectors to transform […]


Americans Unable to Define the Nation’s Energy Strategy, Want More Emphasis on Clean Energy

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Voters are Concerned about Affordability, Reliability, and Sustainability of the Current American Energy Portfolio CONTACT: Tyler Duvelius – tduvelius@conservativeenergynetwork.org November 2, 2023 – LANSING, Mich. – The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 24 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today released the results of its annual national survey. Respondents answered questions about clean energy, […]


Using Community Solar to Protect Energy Freedom

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By John Szoka, Originally published in Real Clear Energy on September 19 Whether it’s record heat advisories across the Midwest, threat of blackouts in Texas, or unprecedented tornadoes and tropical storms, consumers’ ability to rely on their respective state grids has been seriously tested. And has often failed in recent months. Thankfully, solutions are already cropping up across the country. More states […]


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