DOE Aims To Boost Clean Energy Tech, Energy Efficiency

Increasing industrial energy efficiency coupled with boosting clean energy technologies is exactly how the Department of Energy is trying to help U.S. manufacturing. Is it a goal worth pursuing? Yes. Is it realistic? Let us hope so. The last thing we need is losing out to China on yet another front.

The DOE just unveiled its much-anticipated Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative to help put U.S. clean tech companies in the driver's seat with respect to its global competitiveness.

"The U.S. faces a stark choice: the energy technologies of today and tomorrow can be invented and manufactured in America or we can cede global leadership and import those technologies from other nations. We must seize this unique opportunity in time to ensure U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the clean energy sector and take advantage of energy saving practices and low-cost domestic energy resources to advance the competitiveness of our manufacturing sector across the board," notes Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson.

But as the secretary notes, the department can't do it alone. That's why the program will seek out pivotal partnerships with manufacturers, innovators, state and local government, universities and others. We'll see.

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