WASHINGTON, DC (January 16, 2013) – BlueGreen Alliance Senior Policy Analyst Brian Lombardozzi has been appointed to the Secretary of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) Advisory Committee, an interagency effort aimed at significantly increasing RE&EE exports in support of the President’s National Export Initiative. As part of the 37 member committee that represents a broad cross-section of the RE&EE industry, the BlueGreen Alliance will provide the key voice of both our country’s labor and environmental organizations on how we can meet the ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014 to support millions of jobs here at home.
“Americans are beginning to manufacture more and more of the most in-demand renewable energy technologies in the world,” said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster. “There’s more that we can be doing though. Putting our heads together on all the ways we can take advantage of manufacturing the products that will support the green economy of today and tomorrow is smart policy. We applaud President Obama for moving forward with this strategic vision.”
The committee will advise and provide recommendations to the United States Department of Commerce Secretary on matters concerning:
- Competitiveness issues facing U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency exports;
- Development and administration of programs and policies to expand U.S. renewable energy;
- Trade policy negotiations relating to U.S. energy efficiency exports; and
- Policies of foreign governments impacting the export of U.S. energy services and technologies.
The committee was launched in 2010 to support the U.S. government’s strong commitment to the competitiveness of U.S. clean energy exporters globally. The committee’s scope includes a focus on solar energy, wind energy and energy efficiency.