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On, we’ve been showcasing a series of stories about innovations from our National Laboratories that have been successfully commercialized – and how they impact Americans’ lives. During 2010 alone, our National Laboratories engaged in more than 13,500 technology transfer transactions – from licensing lab-developed technologies to using lab resources to drive industry innovation and commercial success.

But to ensure American leadership in emerging energy technologies, we must address the financial and deployment obstacles facing renewable energy.

On Thursday, October 20th, at 2:00 PM ET, please join Richard Kauffman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, for a live discussion about the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy innovation and deployment.

Kauffman recently joined the Energy Department from the private sector, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Good Energies, a global investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Regarded as one of the country’s leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy, Kauffman is looking forward to working with the business community to break down financial obstacles that stand in the way of deploying clean technologies.

You can submit your questions and ideas about renewable innovation and deployment to Richard Kauffman in advance of the event through email, Twitter or Facebook, by:
    •     Sending an email to;
    •     Tweeting your question to @energy with the hashtag #energymatters; or
    •     Leaving a question for Kauffman at

You’ll also be able to send him questions live during the event using the above methods or by visiting

The United States can transform our energy future, but we must address market obstacles facing new technologies. We hope to see you online on this Thursday at 2pm ET to discuss what can be done.