John Smirnow, vice president of trade and competitiveness at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), has been designated chairman of the US Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.
RE&EEAC’s aim is to boost the competitiveness of US renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services through the development and administration of the expansion programme and policies.
Rebecca Blank, the US commerce deputy secretary said: “The renewable energy and energy efficiency sector holds tremendous growth potential, and transitioning to cleaner, safer and affordable sources of energy is a high priority for the Department of Commerce and for President Obama. We need to work together to continue reducing our imports of foreign oil, increasing renewable electricity generation, boosting fuel economy standards, and implementing common sense policies that increase energy efficiency and spur investment from clean-energy companies.”
Smirnow said: “This is a critical time for the renewable energy and energy efficiency communities as we work to deploy US innovation, technologies, and services in the face of intense global competition. We greatly appreciate the Obama Administration’s commitment to solar and other renewable resources, and look forward to collaborating with the Commerce Department and RE&EEAC to spur the continued growth of US renewable energy and energy efficiency exports.”