Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the following statement regarding the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) moving their secretariat to the International Energy Agency (IEA) from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):
“Early this month, energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 23 countries and the European Union met at CEM7 in San Francisco. The commitments made there demonstrate how the United States and our global partners can expand clean energy deployment and cut global carbon emissions while driving economic growth.
In support of the objectives of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial in San Francisco, the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico’s Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States’ Secretary of Energy, reviewed their cooperative efforts underway to foster sustainable energy development, address climate change, and encourage economic growth.
Energy Department releases the On the Path to SunShot reports, a series of eight research papers examining the state of the U.S. solar energy industry and the progress made to date toward the SunShot Initiative’s goal to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by 2020.
Energy Department announces five additional military bases will join Solar Ready Vets, a solar jobs training program that prepares service members for careers in the solar industry when they leave active duty, and awards $10 million to 10 new projects through its Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding program, which was created to help meet the solar industry’s growing demand for well-qualified, highly skilled installers and other industry-related professionals.