Small businesses are at the forefront of technological
innovations in the areas of energy and environment. In 2011, the Department of Energy
awarded $1.3 billion in contracts with small businesses, including $228 million
in WOSB contracts.
a Comprehensive Energy Plan
The federal government should develop a comprehensive
energy plan, one that incorporates the use and deployment of domestic energy and
alternative energy sources. At the same time, the government should balance the
need for smart energy regulations without compromising small businesses' ability
to Provide Research & Development Incentives
Small businesses are on the cutting edge of developing
new energy technologies. The federal government should continue to provide adequate
funding and incentives for small businesses to continue to develop new technologies
through grants and public/private sector investments such as reforming the research
and development tax credits for startups. WIPP supports the permanent extension
of small business tax credits in the federal debt deal passed at the end of 2012.