The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced new awards of more than $1 million to three states to advance clean energy manufacturing in their regions, in support of President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. This effort is intended to help create economic development opportunities in local communities to significantly increase statewide energy savings and spur investment in clean energy technologies.

As part of their projects, Michigan, North Carolina, and Washington will develop roadmaps that will create or build upon public and private partnerships to foster private sector capacity in clean energy manufacturing and services. In addition, each will reportedly partner with neighboring state governments and organizations to develop long-term policies to increase clean energy manufacturing activity in their regions.

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