Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Monday that investment in technological innovation and the preparation of the American workforce for high-tech jobs would help speed up the economic recovery and accelerate job creation.
Lew toured the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, just outside of Denver.
“NREL is a stellar example of an important research investment that has moved the U.S. economy towards cleaner, more efficient forms of energy that will cut carbon pollution, protect our kids’ health, reduce our reliance on foreign oil and support a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations,” Lew said. “It also sets the standard for collaborative partnerships between the public and private sectors. We are committed to securing a clean energy future, and investments in innovative institutions like the NREL will help to make this possible.”
NREL employs 800 visiting researchers and 1,600 full-time employees. The lab operates based on a comprehensive energy approach that includes energy-generating and energy-saving systems. The work has contributed to the U.S. ability to double its renewable energy over the past four years and will help to double energy productivity by 2013.