(April 26, 2021) – Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative
Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced the Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced
Manufacturing Networks Act in both the Senate and House to spur the
development and deployment of clean energy and advanced manufacturing
technologies in the United States.
legislation would create clean technology and advanced manufacturing consortia
serving as commercialization centers to enhance the economic, environmental and
energy security of the United States. These consortia would promote domestic
development, manufacturing and deployment of clean technologies and advanced
connections between education, research, and innovation are key to
Massachusetts’s economic growth and maintaining our global technological edge,”
said Senator Markey. “This legislation will help launch clean energy
technology out of the lab and into the marketplace, and will ensure the United
States remains competitive as other countries accelerate their clean energy
investments. It will foster an American clean energy innovation network of
scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, and encourage sharing of skilled staff
and facilities. I thank Congressman Cartwright for his partnership and look
forward to working with my colleagues to pass legislation that will help ensure
American ideas are American-made.”
need to make sure the innovative ideas being developed in our national labs and
research institutions reach the market,” said Representative Cartwright.
“Bringing scientists and engineers together with the private sector will enable
companies to leverage the latest technologies to make their operations more
efficient, and help drive new investments that lead to new jobs in Northeastern
Pennsylvania and across the country.”
copy of the legislation can be found HERE
co-sponsors of this legislation in the House include Reps.
Mark Takano (CA-41), Mike Doyle (PA-18) and Paul Tonko (NY-20).
are many businesses and manufacturing companies throughout the U.S. that would
like to harness the latest advancements in clean energy technology and advanced
manufacturing processes to improve their products, services or processes.
At the same time, American innovations in the clean technology arena remain
underutilized. Businesses often lack the capital to harness these technologies,
and research and development centers often lack the ability to commercialize
Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Networks Act would
create a program in the Department of Commerce providing up to $100 million in
grants toward founding at least six new consortia, dedicated to commercializing
cutting-edge clean energy technology. Consortia will include a mix of research
universities, businesses, national laboratories, venture capitalists, state
entities and non-profits with expertise in technology commercialization.
Designed with a focus on public-private partnerships, the bill includes
rigorous cost-sharing requirements, ensuring private industry is working with
our government to spur innovation and entrepreneurship.
legislation is endorsed by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and
Ben Franklin Technology Partners.