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Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative: Increasing American Competitiveness Through Innovation

March 31, 2014 - 8:45pm


Watch the video above to find out how private and public partnerships are critical to addressing the nation’s energy challenges and expanding our clean energy economy.

Manufacturing is making a resurgence in America.  Companies such as Whirlpool –  an ENERGY STAR partner – Ford, General Electric, and Dow are increasingly moving manufacturing back to the United States, resulting in domestic jobs that are revitalizing communities throughout the country. Whirlpool, which manufactures energy-efficient appliances such as washers and dryers, recently announced it is expanding operations at a plant in Greenville, Ohio, creating 400 jobs over the next few years.

Economists see this “reshoring” trend as an encouraging sign, signaling that companies increasingly value locating their manufacturing operations for clean energy products and technologies right here in the United States.  Boosting American competitiveness in the production of clean energy products is also a key goal of the Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a collaborative effort between the federal government, American manufacturers, national laboratories, research institutions, state and local governments, and other important stakeholders. 

Over the last several years, global investment in the clean energy sector has risen nearly fivefold, growing from $54 billion in 2004 to $269 billion worldwide in 2012. With this growth, comes opportunity for the United States to become the world leader in creating the clean energy manufacturing industries of today – and tomorrow.  CEMI is helping maximize this opportunity through several key approaches aimed at speeding innovative ideas from labs and universities into commercial production at a rapid pace.

These include several efforts across Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy technology offices:

The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative is also reaching out to the nation’s clean energy community through a series of regional summits to develop new ideas for advancing U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness.  Provide your input at the Western Regional Summit on April 17 in San Francisco, California.  The event is no-cost and open to the public.

Continuing and expanding these efforts will help the United States lead in clean energy manufacturing, grow our economy and protect the environment. Learn more about CEMI and find tools, data, and other clean energy manufacturing resources