WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to Savannah, Georgia to join U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff to tour the site of next-generation of clean fuels manufacturing and meet with community and environmental justice leaders about deploying cheap, renewable power throughout the state. The trip showcased how the historic investments in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the President’s Build Back Better agenda will increase access to sustainable power, accelerate industries of the future, and generate clean energy jobs in all pockets of America.
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U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will take a trip through Georgia on Friday alongside U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff. The purpose is to highlight President Joe Biden’s agenda contained in two bills that have had trouble making it through Congress recently: the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and the as-of-now $3.5 trillion social spending and climate change legislation
“I’m excited to head to Savannah this week with Sen. Jon Ossoff to see firsthand how President Biden’s infrastructure agenda will turbocharge Georgia’s economy with massive job opportunities in clean energy manufacturing and technology across the state,” [Secretary] Granholm said in a statement.
Morning Energy hit the road to watch Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in action, trailing her as she traveled to Georgia on Friday, accompanied by home state Sen. Jon Ossoff. The secretary has been perhaps the administration’s most active salesperson for Biden’s campaign to bring about a clean energy transition, traveling frequently to stump for electric vehicles, clean hydrogen and solar power, which she touted alongside the freshman senator on a visit to the port of Savannah — home to a 1 megawatt photovoltaic array and a cleantech incubator.
At a stop in Soperton to view LanzaTech’s Freedom Pines Biorefinery, which is expected to open next year and could one day supply one-third of the new DOE target for 3 billion gallons of the sustainable aviation fuel by 2030, Granholm was ecstatic, highlighting the facility as an example of Georgia’s potential in clean energy. “LanzaTech has an amazing process, so you should be proud that they’re here,” she said.
For the first time ever, the U.S. Secretary of Energy paid a visit to Savannah on Friday. She and Sen. Jon Ossoff were in the area to discuss clean energy.
The two addressed a variety of topics related to clean energy during a roundtable discussion. They talked about the need to invest in solar energy, the importance of investing in clean energy for minority communities and discussed two bills they feel would help our country to become a leader in clean energy. "Georgia has got it all, Georgia has got so much in this space," Granholm said.
U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff and U.S. Secretary Of Energy Jennifer Granholm said that the state of Georgia has the largest solar manufacturer in Western Hemisphere, one reason for the state to lead the way in clean energy. The two made a visit to Savannah Friday, to talk with state and city leaders on why communities should invest in solar energy. Additionally, Granholm states that people opposed to the investment, comes from a lack of information.
“So, from an individual point of view, people should know that they can save, … on their energy bills by putting solar on their roof," said [Secretary] Granholm.
Ossoff and Granholm led a roundtable discussion with Mayor Van Johnson and industry leaders to discuss clean energy initiatives and jobs. “While it used to be that the fossil fuels were the cheapest, solar and wind have now become in many places cheaper than fossil fuels and that means a huge opportunity for people to save money.” [Secretary] Granholm said.
The head of the U.S. Department of Energy, along with Senator Jon Ossoff and Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, participated in a round table discussion to talk about the benefits of and need to embrace solar energy. That included not only utilizing renewable, clean energy sources more, but also creating manufacturing opportunities to produce the panels and solar systems.
Secretary Granholm also highlighted how lucrative the manufacturing side of clean energy production can be.
“You know there’s going to be a $23 trillion global market for products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. $23 trillion by 2030. Other countries are gunning for that market,” said U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.