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Chris Coons to Serve as Honorary Co-chair of Center for Clean Energy Innovation

The Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI) has announced that U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) will serve as the organization’s Honorary Co-Chair. Coons will assist the Center in designing, advocating, and advancing cutting edge energy innovation policies to address global climate change, increase economic growth, and provide universal energy access.

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New Report Shows U.S. Solar Industry Nearing 16 GW of Installed Capacity

The United States’ solar market hit a major milestone in the second quarter of this year, with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q2 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 1,133 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the second quarter of this year.

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Greater Local Engagement Would Advance National Labs’ Technology and Economic Missions

Brookings and CCEI Release Recommendations to Make the Energy Department’s 17 National Labs Stronger Regional Economic Assets  

The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are critical hubs of technology innovation in the United States, but they could do more to engage with their adjacent economic regions, concludes a new report from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI).

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United Fresh Welcomes Sen. Pat Roberts to The Washington Conference

The senior senator from Kansas will offer his insights on Congress’ legislative agenda for the remainder of 2014.

United Fresh Produce Association welcomes Sen. Pat Roberts, (R) Kansas, to the Tuesday, September 9 General Session Breakfast at The Washington Conference. The senior senator from Kansas has a distinguished career of serving in the House and Senate on several key committees, and has served as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senate Ethics Committee, and the House Agriculture Committee. As Congress begins its work after the August recess, Sen. Roberts will preview the legislative agenda leading up to the 2014 midterm elections, and offer insights on the political landscape, and associated challenges, that members of Congress face as they work to move legislation.

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Energy Department Announces $7.25 Million for Projects to Advance America’s Emerging Marine & Hydrokinetic Industry

The Energy Department announced $7.25 million for six organizations that will continue to advance water power as a viable resource for America’s clean energy portfolio. Marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies convert the energy of waves, tides, rivers, and ocean currents into electricity that can be used by homes and businesses, especially in coastal regions of the United States. This funding will aide in the development of advanced instrumentation for environmental monitoring and data collection and support a partnership between three universities to accelerate the development of cost-effective MHK technologies.

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National Tropical Botanical Garden to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Agents of Change Symposium and Dinner

Symposium Hosts Experts in Science, Conservation, and Strategy to Discuss Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century

The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, will hold a Symposium and Dinner Tuesday, October 7th in Washington, DC. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of NTBG's Congressional Charter, leading experts in preserving plant species, the impact of global changes on plants, changing global nutritional requirements for feeding the planet, and more will share the most pressing issues and trends.

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