Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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Washington DC, United States

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) appears to be actively and positively engaging on U.S. climate change policy. The group demonstrates strong support for federal renewable energy legislation and advocates for rooftop solar policies at the state level. SEIA's CEO has called for ambitious government policy to respond to climate change and consistently supports the climate provisions in the federal Build Back Better Act.

Top-Line Messaging on Climate Policy: SEIA demonstrates active and positive top-line messaging on climate policy. In a February 2022 joint letter to Congressional Leadership, SEIA advocated for policies to achieve GHG emissions reductions in line with the 1.5°C target. The group's CEO Abigail Ross Hopper has consistently advocated for policymakers to increase the ambition of government regulation on climate change, calling for strong federal climate policies in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2022 and urging Congress to pass the climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act. In November 2021, SEIA stated support for the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

Engagement with Climate-Related Policy: SEIA demonstrates mostly positive positions on climate-related policies at the state and federal level. CEO Hopper has consistently advocated for the renewable energy tax credits in the Build Back Better Act, especially the extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC): in a June 2022 press release, Hopper stated that SEIA was joining other solar industry representatives in Washington to urge Congress to pass the reconciliation bill's tax credits. Following the Supreme Court decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which rolled back the agency's ability to set ambitious GHG emissions standards, Hopper stated in a June 2022 press release that the ruling "added unnecessary barriers that will only slow clean energy development."

At the state level, SEIA has advocated for renewable energy legislation and rooftop solar incentives. In an April 2022 press release, CEO Hopper supported Florida Governor DeSantis' decision to veto House Bill 741, which would have weakened incentives for rooftop solar in the state. In a December 2021 press release, CEO Hopper supported California's net metering program and opposed the proposal by the state Public Utilities Commission to weakenen the incentives for rooftop solar. That same month, E&E News reported on SEIA's support for the expansion of solar incentives in the state of Massachusetts. In September 2021, Center Square published an article describing the group's support for a more ambiitous Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard in Pennsylvania. In Delaware, SEIA signed a June 2021 joint letter asking policymakers to support Senate Bill 2, which would faciliate renewable energy development in the state. However, SEIA has also demonstrated opposition to state-level solar policy: in June 2022, the New Republic reported on the group's opposition to the New York State Build Public Renewables Act, which would have allowed the New York Power Authority to build publically owned renewable energy. In a May 2022 joint memoradum, SEIA directly advocated to New York policymakers to oppose the legislation, stating that "the bill is unnecessary" and that there was no evidence that the state's 2019 climate law requirements "cannot be met by private developers." Previously, in April 2022, SEIA had supported New York's target to achieve at least 10 GW of distributed solar by 2030.

Positioning on Energy Transition: SEIA appears to demonstrate positive positions on the transition of the energy mix. The group has strongly supported the electric vehicle tax credits in the Build Back Better Act, advocating for their passage in a September 2021 joint letter to Congress. As reported by the Washington Examiner in March 2022, CEO Hopper appeared to advocate for a decarbonized energy sector in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Hopper expressed similar support for decarbonization in a press release following President Biden's State of the Union address in March 2022, in which she stated that the crisis in Ukraine emphasized "the urgency of our transition to a clean energy economy."

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