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Secretary Chu and Energy Department Officials to Travel Across America to Discuss the Obama Administration’s Commitment to Energy Innovation and Manufacturing

January 24, 2012 - 3:47pm


Washington D.C. – This week, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman and other senior Energy Department officials will participate in events across the country to highlight President Obama’s State of the Union address and discuss the Obama Administration’s commitment to energy innovation and advanced manufacturing.

On Thursday, January 26, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to tour renewable energy research facilities at Sandia National Laboratories, which is working to advance industry collaboration on clean energy and advanced manufacturing. Secretary Chu will also host a State of the Union Town Hall with students at the University of New Mexico.  Secretary Chu will be joined during the visit by U.S. Congressman Martin Heinrich (NM-1).

Also on Thursday, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to visit the Eolos Wind Energy Research Station at the University of Minnesota. The Energy Department is supporting the University of Minnesota’s research on mechanical power transmission and electric generator systems for wind turbines. Deputy Secretary Poneman will also host a roundtable with local business leaders and students from the university.

On Friday, January 27, Acting Under Secretary for Energy Arun Majumdar will travel to Greensboro, N.C., to visit the Volvo Truck Headquarters. The Energy Department’s Super Truck program supports Volvo North America’s efforts to improve the efficiency of heavy-duty trucks.

On Wednesday, January 25, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Henry Kelly will travel to Houston, Texas, to make an announcement about President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge with Mayor Annise Parker and local business leaders. On Thursday, Assistant Secretary Kelly will deliver remarks at the Energy Investment Forum in Austin, Texas, and host a roundtable with local business leaders and students from the energy club at the University of Texas – Austin.

On Thursday, January 26, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs David Sandalow will deliver remarks at the Washington Auto Show, highlighting the Obama Administration’s investments in advanced vehicles and fuel efficiency technologies.

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