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UET’s Gary Yang Discusses Private Innovation and Commercialization at the PNW Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership

Northwest to develop a clean energy plan focused on the region's strengths.

Gary Yang Regional Clean Energy Innovation Panel UW 08152016

UET CEO Gary Yang (left) explains the role of start-up companies in the clean energy regional ecosystem. Also pictured John Hopkins, NuScale Power and Rick Lubbe, EnerG2 

More than 150 clean energy leaders gathered at the University of Washington on Monday August 15, 2016 to discuss the Northwest region’s strengths in clean energy and opportunities for collaboration. The Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership Workshop was hosted by the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The workshop was attended by representatives from business, academia, and national labs located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. The workshop concluded with remarks from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, who announced five new Clean Energy Fund grid modernization projects.

Department of Energy Secretary Ernest MonizUET Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gary Yang was invited to join a panel and offer his perspective as a research scientist, entrepreneur, and founder of an energy storage company.

“A key role that small companies play in the Northwest’s clean energy ecosystem is to lead the commercialization of lab innovations, via partnerships. We are thereby adding to the competitive offerings of the Northwest and growing exports and jobs,” Yang told the audience.

“Private/public partnerships are critical for ‘invented in America’ and ‘made in America.’ This includes state level support such as the Washington Clean Energy Fund and at the federal level, particularly DOE support of field demonstrations,” he said.

“We have many great platforms to work from: UW and its Clean Energy Institute, Washington State Universities and other regional universities, PNNL and national labs, the Department of Energy, the CleanTech Alliance of Washington and other outstanding organizations and businesses. We should constantly use these platforms to facilitate communications and collaboration.”

Yang also recommended expanding the Federal Incentive Tax Credit to include energy storage just as solar, wind, and other technologies have benefited from the program. And finally, he recommened an expansion Washington’s Renewable Energy Manufacturing Program to provide project financing for renewable projects including energy storage.

Proceedings from the workshop will be used by the DOE to inform the government's Mission Innovation agenda and develop a clean energy plan focused on the region's strengths.