As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Co-Chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), Congresswoman Matsui has made it a top priority to bring clean energy technology to Sacramento and transform the city into a global leader in the sector. From securing a $127.5 million grant for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to modernize the electricity grid through the installation of SmartGrid, to advocating for a California Rural Home Mortgage Finance Authority Homebuyers Fund (CHF) home retrofit loan program, the Congresswoman continues to support forward-thinking clean energy policies that help our economy and the environment.
In 2006, Sacramento was home to just thirty clean energy companies. That number has now increased to over 200 companies. And from 1996 to 2008, Sacramento posted the highest growth in clean energy in California, and now boasts close to 14,000 jobs within this sector. Sacramento routinely tops lists when it comes to energy efficiency, advanced transportation, and innovation, and in 2014, Sacramento ranked 5th in the nation on the Clean Tech Leadership Index.
In Congress, Congresswoman Matsui has introduced several bills to promote clean energy jobs and manufacturing in the Sacramento region. H.R. 1175, the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act, would boost the competitiveness of the U.S. clean technology industry both domestically and overseas. In order to move our nation towards a clean energy economy we must have a national assistance program that promotes American clean energy technology exports. This legislation does that by assisting small and medium-sized clean technology businesses in finding new markets at home and abroad, thus growing their business and creating additional jobs.
Congresswoman Matsui has also co-authored the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act, modeled after the enormously successful World War II Victory Bonds, which would allow Americans to make safe investments as low as $25 in the clean energy economy.
In 2012, the U.S. ranked 10th in clean energy investment per dollar of GDP, behind China, all of Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Japan. Congresswoman Matsui believes we have an historic opportunity to lead the world in the clean energy sector in our region. From world-class universities and training facilities, to demonstrated consumer support, to a range of existing clean tech companies and forward-thinking utilities, Sacramento has what it takes to foster growth and help jumpstart our local economy.
Congresswoman Matsui believes it is vital that our local clean energy manufacturing firms continue to have the tools and resources they need to be competitive in the global clean energy economy, and create new, good paying jobs in the Sacramento region.
Visit these local agencies and organizations for more information on our work to make Sacramento the Clean Tech Capital: