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Clean Energy Consortium Pilot Program Passes House

Program Derived from Waxman-Markey Bill Will Help Get Clean Energy Innovations from Lab to Marketplace

May 28, 2010 – A pilot program to create a Clean Energy Consortium, which would link research universities, national labs, industry, and other state and nongovernmental organizations with expertise in clean energy development, today passed the House of Representatives as an amendment the science and technology research bill, America COMPETES. The program, authored by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Lois Capps (D-Calif.), is based on a program originally included in the House-passed Waxman-Markey clean energy bill.

“Clean Energy Consortia will link inventors with investors, professors with producers, and get clean energy technologies out of the laboratories and into factories,” said Rep. Markey, chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. “We need our energy R&D to help create more American GDP. These centers will do just that.”

“The passage of the Clean Energy Consortium program will ensure that new clean energy technologies and innovations can move from the laboratory to the market,” said Rep. Capps. “Half of the growth in GDP since WWII is attributable to the adoption of new technology. Getting new technologies to market is essential to maintaining our economic competitiveness.”

The program would support the development of energy technologies through a Clean Energy Consortium selected competitively by the Secretary of Energy. The Consortium would be regionally based and include large research universities, government labs, industry, and other organizations with expertise in clean energy development. A grant would be available for up to $10 million per year for three years to establish and operate a Clean Energy Consortium.

The idea has received endorsements from Technet, the National Venture Capital Association, the Clean Economy Network, the New England Clean Energy Council, and other groups focused on regional innovation.

PLEASE NOTE: The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was created to explore American clean energy solutions that end our reliance on foreign oil and reduce carbon pollution.

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