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Manufacturing the Future: CEMAC's Official Launch

Doug Arent speaking at the American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Summit

October 23, 2015

By Doug Arent, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis executive director

In September, I was honored to speak at the American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Summit in Washington, D.C. The event, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Council on Competitiveness, brought together leaders from industry, academia, labor, the national laboratories, government, and media to address critical energy and manufacturing issues. But the event was more than that for us at the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC)—the event served as our official "launch party." And what a launch it was! Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, introduced CEMAC in his opening remarks.

As Dr. Danielson said, the tent is big when it comes to clean energy manufacturing. The scope is broad and the opportunity is huge. The rapid growth in the clean energy sector presents a unique and urgent opportunity to establish a leadership role in this important, strategic area of clean energy manufacturing. CEMAC aims to help governments and industries harness that opportunity to its fullest to establish leadership, create jobs, and—ultimately—transition fully to the new clean energy economy.

The announcement of CEMAC was greeted with positivity and enthusiasm by leaders from across the energy and manufacturing sectors. I look forward to working with these leaders toward a manufacturing a cleaner, more resilient future.

You can see a video of Assistant Secretary Danielson's announcement of CEMAC below, followed by my presentation. Or, view my slides.