CRES Announces Senator Tim Scott as 2018 Clean Energy Champion


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SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 — Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) formally announced Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina as a 2018 Clean Energy Champion. Senator Scott will be recognized at the CRES Clean Energy Champion Awards Reception during National Clean Energy Week (September 24-28, 2018).

“Senator Tim Scott deserves recognition for his efforts to advance commonsense, clean energy policies that grow the South Carolina economy, bolster the Palmetto State’s solar industry and support American businesses as they compete abroad. CRES is proud to announce Senator Scott as a 2018 Clean Energy Champion,” said CRES Managing Director Heather Reams.

“One of the biggest blessings we have as a nation, is the incredible amount of untapped energy solutions we have. It’s important for not only my home state of South Carolina, but for our whole nation that we work towards policy that encourages innovation, creates jobs, modernizes our infrastructure, and strengthens our national security,” said Senator Tim Scott. “I will continue to advocate for commonsense conservative solutions for our energy sector.”

CRES 2018 Clean Energy Champions are Republicans recognized for their steadfast leadership in advancing commonsense clean energy solutions that address our nation’s need for abundant, reliable energy while preserving our environment.

Examples of Senator Tim Scott’s clean energy record include:

  • Led as a member of the conference committee during the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which included a provision allowing 100 percent expensing, a measure that will help the solar industry and other clean energy industries in South Carolina as well as American businesses as they compete abroad.
  • Served as a consistent advocate for the solar energy industry in South Carolina, which has already grown tremendously and added nearly 3,000 solar jobs following the landmark State Distributed Energy Resource Program Act of 2014. Additionally, in 2016 alone, $199 million was invested in solar energy development in South Carolina.
  • Co-signed a letter to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Secretary Rick Perry urging them to preserve American jobs in solar tariff implementation, citing that “the exclusion of 72-cell, 1500 volt solar panels from the safeguard measure will preserve tens of thousands of existing solar manufacturing and development jobs, foster market expansion and allow the U.S. to once again fairly compete in the global marketplace for energy production technologies.”


Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded in 2013 to engage Republican policymakers and the public about commonsense, conservative solutions to address our nation’s need for abundant, reliable energy while preserving our environment.

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