RTC’s July 29th, 2022 Briefing to the House Manufacturing Caucus

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RTC’s July 29th, 2022 Briefing to the House Manufacturing Caucus”
Summary: “The RTC hosted a briefing with the House Manufacturing Caucus on July 26, 2022. The Caucus is a bipartisan educational group of about 100 members of Congress and their staffs focused on issues that are relevant to the advancement of American manufacturing. RTC’s briefing provided an overview of leading renewable thermal technologies for industrial heating and cooling, common deployment barriers, and how federal policy can advance these solutions. The briefing featured a panel of RTC members and sponsors to discuss their successes and challenges with deployment and the key considerations companies face with decarbonizing their thermal demand. Panelists included Rachel Goldstein of Mars, Inc., Andrew Jarrick of Diageo, and Inbal Nachman of Skyven Technologies.

RTC Responds to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update

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On June 23, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update. The RTC applauds California’s continued commitment to emissions reductions across all sectors and agrees that electrification, biogas and biomethane, green hydrogen, and solar thermal technologies all offer opportunities to decarbonize the industrial and […]

RTC Policy Roundtable: Tax Policy for Renewable Thermal Solutions

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The Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) held a roundtable discussion on a tax policy proposal aimed at accelerating deployment of renewable fuels and technologies to meet the thermal energy needs of the manufacturing and buildings sectors. The proposal, which was finalized in fall of 2021, would make a range of renewable thermal technologies eligible for a 30% investment tax credit (ITC), similar to tax credits that are already available for renewable electricity technologies. The roundtable discussion included RTC members and sponsors as well as a select group of external organizations ranging from tax experts, to trade associations for specific fuels and technologies, to think tanks and policy advocacy organizations that are engaged on issues similar issues to RTC’s focus. As the RTC’s tax policy proposal was developed as a high-level framework, the roundtable aimed to gather input to further sharpen and refine the proposal, gather views on the evidence base and groundwork needed to advocate for the tax policy proposal, and to build a shared foundation among key stakeholders on the prospects and design of tax policy to advance renewable thermal technologies and fuels.

RTC Responds to DOE’s Energy Storage Request for Information

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On June 14, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Request for Information (RFI) on energy storage demonstration program implementation. The bipartisan infrastructure law (BIL) appropriated $505 million to DOE to advance energy storage. This funding supports deploying technologies that demonstrate lower costs and longer durations than […]

RTC Policy Roundtable Day One: Hydrogen Policy Landscape and RTC Opportunities.

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Hydrogen Policy Landscape and RTC Opportunities Roundtable discussion – March 30, 2022 Summary The first day of the Renewable Thermal Collaborative’s (RTC) two-day policy roundtable centered on policies to accelerate the deployment of green hydrogen, both through new programming from the Department of Energy (DOE) through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and additional […]

RTC Policy Roundtable Day Two: AMO and the Broader Renewable Thermal Policy Landscape

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AMO and the broader renewable thermal policy landscape Roundtable discussion – March 31, 2022 Summary The second day of the Renewable Thermal Collaborative’s (RTC) two-day policy roundtable centered on the programming of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and additional policies on the horizon in Congress that would broadly support renewable thermal […]

RTC Responds to DOE’s Hydrogen Hubs Request for Information

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On March 11, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program’s Request for Information, providing information on the regional clean hydrogen hubs implementation strategy. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58) provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to grow a sustainable, resilient, and equitable economy and that […]

RTC Responds to Michigan’s Draft MI Healthy Climate Plan

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Earlier this month, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) submitted comments to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Council on Climate Solutions’ draft MI Healthy Climate Plan. The RTC applauds Michigan’s commitment to achieve 100% economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050 and values the effort and resources the state and its […]

RTC Responds to DOE’s Industrial Decarbonization Request for Information

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Last week, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Request for Information, providing information about how renewable thermal technologies can enable emissions reductions in the industrial sector that will be critical to achieving the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. It is imperative to […]