Last week, Pittsburgh hosted the Global Clean Energy Action Forum, a three-day event sponsored by the United States Department of Energy and the Clean Energy Ministerial, a collaborative of the thirty largest countries. The PA Chamber was on the ground to welcome business officials and government leaders from across the world to the state and to tout the state’s private sector leadership, recent pro-growth policy wins, and opportunities for growth. More than 6,000 attendees from around the world attended.
Said PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein in a statement at the commencement of the event, “we hope they find a warm welcome and leave feeling impressed with the tremendous amount of innovation and resources being developed in Pennsylvania to power the global economy and meet pressing environmental challenges. Our world-class academic institutions, access to markets, and industrial leadership are key assets to long-term success on these fronts. As the nation’s top energy exporter and home to the nation’s largest electrical grid, Pennsylvania is at the forefront of fueling our nation’s energy needs and leading the way in innovation and development.”
Bernstein also welcomed the Governor and hundreds of business, non-profit and government leaders to a reception, co-hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the US Chamber’s Global Energy Institute and Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. in downtown Pittsburgh, at the offices of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, as part of the forum.
The forum also was host to a number of significant announcements by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, most notably that the application window is now open for project sponsors to apply for a share of the $7 billion available from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Up to ten projects will ultimately receive funding. The PA Chamber is a member of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation’s Cross-Sector Collaborative that is supporting the joint efforts of state government and the private sector to secure a hub in Pennsylvania and leverage additional private sector investment.