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An Energy Innovation Hub at California Science Institutions will Put State on Path towards its Green Energy Future, Garamendi Says

July 22, 2010
Press Release

Department of Energy Selects California Scientific Institutions to Develop Market Ready Clean Energy Fuel from Sunlight

WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA), a member of the House Science and Technology, Armed Services, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, lauds the Department of Energy's announcement of a $122 million award for a Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub in California. The team is led by the California Institute of Technology in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is adjacent to Congressman Garamendi's 10th Congressional District, and other research institutions in California. The Fuels from Sunlight Hub will research and develop a system for converting solar energy into chemical fuels that are scalable for businesses to integrate them into our economy.
"Today's announcement adds muscle to our country's transition from a dangerous oil addiction to a vibrant clean energy economy," Congressman Garamendi said. "The Department of Energy made a wise investment by selecting California's world class scientific research institutions to develop the fuels of the future."

Last year, the United States made the largest investment in history towards scientific research. About half of the growth in the U.S. GDP since World War II is related to the development and adoption of new technologies.

On Tuesday, Congressman Garamendi introduced a series of bills to revive America's manufacturing sector and to bring back US jobs. The Manufacture Renewable Energy Systems: Make it in America Act of 2010 requires, after a four year transitional period, that the federal government and any state government buying renewable technologies with federal funds purchase renewable sources of energy grown, produced, or manufactured with 100% domestic content.

"As these Energy Innovation Hubs remind us, this country has brilliant scientists, hungry entrepreneurs, and a legendarily strong work ethic. We can produce green technology right here, in America, and that's where our tax dollars should go," Garamendi added. "As a country, we are starting to chart a new path forward. We are moving towards renewable energy and beginning to tap the vast potential of clean technology and good green collar jobs."