Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Legislation to Boost Clean Energy Manufacturing and Exports

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Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Legislation to Boost Clean Energy Manufacturing and Exports

Legislation would boost competitiveness of U.S. clean technology firms at home and in the international marketplace

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced H.R. 1175, the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2015.  This legislation would boost the competitiveness of the U.S. clean technology industry both domestically and overseas.

“Investing in clean energy technology is essential to creating jobs, strengthening our economy, and addressing both our national security and environmental needs,” said Congresswoman Matsui.  “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. The Sacramento region is known as the ‘Clean Tech Capitol’ thanks to the numerous clean energy companies and entrepreneurs that call our region home.  This legislation will help these companies grow their business and create additional jobs, fostering continued growth in this sector.”

The Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2015 would create a $15 million Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund which would be administered by the International Trade Administration within the Department of Commerce.  The newly-created fund would support the development, implementation, and sustainability of a National Clean Energy Technology Export Strategy, and would assist U.S. clean technology firms with export assistance in finding and navigating foreign markets to export their goods and services abroad.

This legislation would also help strengthen America’s domestic clean technology manufacturing industry by requiring the Fund to promote policies that will reduce production costs and encourage innovation, investment, and productivity in the domestic clean energy technology industry.  In turn, that will help American companies increase their demand and create new jobs in communities like Sacramento.

“Export opportunities for technologies such as CleanWorld’s organic waste anaerobic digesters not only strengthen our ability to grow the U.S. clean tech sector, but also strengthen our ability to produce renewable energy and reduce climate impacts globally,” said Michele C. Wong, President and CEO of CleanWorld.

“At PackageOne, we are committed to being good stewards of the environment through sustainable manufacturing practices using raw materials with 65 percent or more recycled content.  With Congresswoman Matsui’s legislation, we will be able to grow our clean manufacturing base in the region, thereby expanding our offerings into global markets with new and innovative materials often derived from or otherwise destined for the landfills,” said Tom Kandris, CEO & Managing Director of PackageOne.


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