Clean tech making steady progress in U.S.

Blouin News | March 9, 2015 | Post by Juliana Kenny

The incorporation of clean technology or “green tech” into American business has been a slow-going project for a number of reasons, notably expense and political opposition. But clean tech itself is getting easier to conceptualize as a staple of the U.S. landscape, especially as more leaders in Washington take initiative.

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On March 6, Congresswoman Doris Matsui from California introduced a bill dubbed the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2015. The bill aims to boost the competitiveness of the U.S. clean tech industry by creating a $15 million Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund which would be administered by the International Trade Administration within the Department of Commerce. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Matsui says that investment in small and medium-sized businesses is crucial for the evolution of the U.S.’s clean tech sector and its participation in the overall global green economy:

In order to move our nation towards a clean energy economy we must have a national assistance program that promotes American clean energy technology exports.  This legislation does that by assisting small and medium-sized clean technology businesses in finding new markets at home and abroad. The Sacramento region is known as the ‘Clean Tech Capitol’ thanks to the numerous clean energy companies and entrepreneurs that call our region home.  This legislation will help these companies grow their business and create additional jobs, fostering continued growth in this sector.

And 2014 was a progressive year for the American clean tech sector in terms of moving ahead with green jobs. A report from Environmental Entrepreneurs cites that nearly 47,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced at more than 170 projects across the U.S. in 2014. In both renewable energy and manufacturing, solar power saw big increases in job creation. Thousands of jobs in both New York and California boosted these figures. The leading states for job announcements were Nevada, California, and New York, followed by Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Utah, and New Mexico.

Texas has been a sort of brainchild state for clean tech projects, and in February was selected as one of four founding states in the Energy Department’s new Clean Energy Incubator Network. The initiative aims to push green tech projects into market as quickly as possible. Texas’ wind industry is a huge boon for the state, and solar and other energy sectors will be part of this project. Illinois, Michigan, and California are the other three states that join Texas for the Clean Energy Incubator Network. With the government pushing these large-scale clean tech projects, alongside new legislation, 2015 could see even more progress than 2014 in terms of job creation and further launching the U.S. into the green tech world.

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