In the fall of 2008, the Apollo Alliance brought together representatives from academia, industry, labor, and environmental groups to develop strategies for rebuilding domestic manufacturing for the growing clean energy economy. This group, which includes the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association, Environmental Defense Fund, the Alliance for American Manufacturing, the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing, the International Economic Development Council, Johnson Controls, Inc., General Motors, the Renewable Energy Policy Project, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, and the Campaign for America’s Future, among others, developed a set of federal policy recommendations to spur domestic green manufacturing:
- Provide direct federal funding for clean energy manufacturers to retool their facilities and retrain their workers to develop, produce, and commercialize clean energy technologies.
- Attach standards to funding: condition federal support to manufacturers on their ability to meet labor and domestic content standards.
- Increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, both to expand its role in strengthening the clean energy supply chain and to establish partnerships with regional/local development and manufacturing support organizations.
- Increase funding for the Green Jobs Act and direct funds administered under the Act toward workforce and skill standards development for the clean energy manufacturing industries.
- Create a “Presidential Task Force on Clean Energy Manufacturing” to bring together a range of federal agencies to make the manufacturing of clean energy systems and components a national priority.