WASHINGTON (March 26, 2013) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) commends the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its efforts to expand clean energy manufacturing and make it internationally competitive. The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), announced earlier today at an event at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, seeks to turn the ongoing technological advances in renewable energy into robust domestic clean energy industries.
"The Department of Energy has been at the forefront of research and development in next generation clean energy technologies. This new initiative helps support a robust energy manufacturing sector that can produce emerging clean energy technologies, spur innovation, and boost economic growth" notes Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF. "CEMI strengthens domestic clean energy manufacturing and ensures innovations developed in the United States are produced in the United States."
CEMI, which is overseen by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, will develop enhanced funding programs for clean energy innovation, a series of public-private partnerships to spur technology commercialization and new technical assistance programs to help firms bring new innovations to market. This includes a specific, applied research institute focused on clean energy manufacturing through the President's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and the expansion of DOE's Better Plants Challenge, which works with U.S. manufacturers to reduce energy use by 25 percent over 10 years.
"Addressing global climate change requires the creation of advanced clean energy technologies that are competitive with fossil fuels. Doing so requires a strong clean energy manufacturing sector," adds ITIF Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Stepp. "The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative enhances this goal by spurring innovation and promoting domestic economic growth and business creation."
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at www.itif.org.