A whole slew of clean energy companies are assembling in Denver on November 3-4 for the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) annual Industry Growth Forum. They will present their business ideas in a competition to try to get support. There will also be networking opportunities so they can exchange information and ideas with all the attendees potentially. NREL will recognize the winners of the Best Venture Award and Outstanding Venture Awards and they will receive support to help their endeavors be successful.
Some panelists who have already collaborated with NREL will speak. They are:
John Kaufman (Executive Vice President, Be Power Tech, Inc.), Jared Schwede (co-founder, Spark Thermionics), Greg Thomas (CEO, Performance Systems Development) and Bill Hoagland (President, Element One, Inc.).
Of course, sponsoring a two-day event like this is something that celebrates the efforts of clean energy entrepreneurs while providing some support for them.
It isn’t likely to generate a lot of press. In fact, it may generate zero interest from national news networks, even though it clearly is part of a very important trend that is taking place in America. Clean energy is not a wave of the future; it is here now providing clean electricity to Americans every day. Clean energy is also economically beneficial – in California alone there are many, many jobs associated with it. In a recent fiscal quarter, almost 2,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were created there. Georgia was closer to 3,000 more of the same kind of jobs, though as a state it is still catching up when it comes to solar power.
The point of the NREL gathering is to draw attention to the successes taking place right now for American clean energy entrepreneurs. If you haven’t heard of any of them, it’s not because they don’t exist. The reason for the lack of awareness is the absence of media coverage. Niche news sites like CleanTechnica are filling an important void, and you are doing your part simply be reading content from these sites, so you are probably much more aware than someone who only watches television.
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