This week, the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy launched an exciting new initiative around clean energy manufacturing. Announced at a carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Tennessee, the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative focuses on increasing U.S competitiveness in manufacturing clean energy products.
According to Pew, global investment in clean energy is growing explosively, from $54 billion in 2004 to $269 billion in 2012. The coming years will see investment in clean energy that dwarfs these numbers. This begs the question: will the United States be a leader or a follower in this important global market?
Initiatives like CEMI are important steps in the right direction to maintain competitiveness in this important emerging sector, but investing in clean energy manufacturing isn’t exclusively about clean energy. Supporting clean energy manufacturing also supports the overall manufacturing ecosystem in the U.S. – which in turn supports middle class jobs for Americans of all educational backgrounds.
Stay tuned for more developments on clean energy manufacturing.
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