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Bush, Pelosi Offer Support as Cleantech Summit Identifies Key Commercialization Barriers

Letters from President and Speaker of the House Agree: Clean Technology is Important

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Participants at the Washington DC CSI Fall Summit agreed that commercialization of clean and sustainable technologies must be accelerated to solve the tough challenges of climate change, energy security, resource conservation, and American competitiveness.

Key barriers to faster commercialization were discussed in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the rate of development and adoption of technologies that help bring about a sustainable world.

Top action items identified during the roundtable and conference included:

  • Creation of long-term federal policy
  • Expansion of funding for testing and pilot programs for new technologies
  • Additional R&D investment across a diverse portfolio of energy technologies, including traditional (coal, nuclear, natural gas), renewables (solar, wind, geothermal, hydro), transmission, storage, and application power consumption.
  • Education of officials and public regarding immediate and future benefits of energy efficiency

“Throughout the conference, attendees voiced frustration that short-term incentive programs and uncertainty regarding federal climate change make developing and deploying clean technologies difficult,” noted CTSI Executive Director, Patricia Glaza. “Financing and market demand are closely tied to legislation. While states are trying to take a leadership role, there is concern lack of progress in Washington will continue to put the United States at a significant disadvantage in technology adoption and job creation.”

Representatives from federal agencies, corporations, industry associations, investment groups and academia joined together for the two-day summit on October 30 and 31 to share best practices, highlight development priorities, and benefit from presentations and networking opportunities. A partial list of speakers and panelists included executives from: Austin Energy, Shell, Whole Foods, OSTP, DOE, EPRI, Sandia National Labs University of Texas at Austin, Siemens, General Electric, Xtreme Power Solutions, Acumentrics, and the Nuclear Energy Institute.

Bipartisan support of the advancement and use of clean technologies and renewable energies was expressed in letters from both President Bush and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to conference attendees.

“I appreciate CTSI and all those who are committed to sustainable industry practices and clean renewable energy. Your efforts help strengthen our national and economic security and move us toward a clear, abundant and affordable renewable energy future,” writes President Bush.

“By bringing together the leading business and technology executives from around the world, you are helping all Americans. We have much to learn from these executives presenting their state-of-the-art technologies in sustainable industry practices and discussing clean and renewable energy technology development needs across all energy sectors,” reads Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s letter in part.

CTSI will be convening several national roundtables over the next six to twelve months to identify policy and program priorities.

About CSI Events

CSI Events brings together leading business & technology executives to present the state-of-art in Clean Technology and Sustainable Industry practices. For more information on the upcoming 2008 CSI Cleantech conference and tradeshow in Boston June 1-5, go to www.csievents.org or contact Regina Ramazzani at (774)249-1341 or regina@csievents.org.

About CTSI

The Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to advance the commercialization and global adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices through a community of industry, academic, and government leaders committed to a safer, cleaner and more productive world. For more information on membership and upcoming events go to: www.ct-si.org or contact Patricia Glaza at (774) 245.2658 or pglaza@ct-si.org.


 
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