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CEI hosts national leaders at regional clean energy workshop

On August 15, 2016, the Clean Energy Institute hosted the Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership (RCEIP) Workshop at the University of Washington.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell following their talks at the Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership Workshop on August 15.

Clean energy leaders from across the Pacific Northwest gathered with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer to discuss the region’s challenges and what collective and collaborative actions are necessary to advance clean energy needs.

The workshop opened with remarks from University of Washington Provost Gerald Baldasty, Vice Provost for Research Mary Lidstrom, and Clean Energy Institute Director Dan Schwartz.

Panelists from from local companies, national labs, and regional organizations led discussions about the opportunities for universities, industries, community stakeholders and the Department of Energy’s national laboratories to leverage emerging clean energy technologies to stimulate regional economic development.

UniEnergy Technologies CEO Gary Yang (center) with “The Innovation Ecosystem – From Research to Startup” panelists Scott Forbes of FedImpact (left) and John Hopkins of NuScale Power (right). Photo credit: Erin Bennett, Orcas Video.

Governor Inslee, Secretary Moniz and Senator Cantwell presented views on the Pacific Northwest’s role as an international leader in developing the technologies to power a growing 21st century clean energy economy.

Governor Inslee also took the opportunity to announce $12.6 million in Clean Energy Fund grants to five utilities in Washington. The grants will fund projects proposed by Avista, Seattle City Light, Orcas Power and Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Energy Northwest.

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.