A new report by the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy ("a national, non-partisan clean energy network and information hub for local chambers of commerce") highlights several clean energy success stories across the country.
As you will see in this pioneering report, local chambers throughout America are becoming unprecedented clean energy and innovation leaders. Some chambers have tackled enormous hurdles, such as leading the charge to modernize Chicago’s outdated electricity grid. Some have focused on increasing energy efficiency on a company-by-company basis, providing consulting to small businesses in places like Cleveland, Ohio, and Bartlett, Tennessee. Still others have sought to attract investment in renewable energy infrastructure and in the manufacture of new clean energy technologies.
A few specific examples of success stories include:
- "Modernizing Chicago’s Electric Grid: Chicagoland Chamber pushes for improved reliability for businesses with 21st-century smart grid"
- "Reaping the Wind in South Carolina: North Myrtle Beach Chamber ushers in the state’s first grid-connected wind turbine"
- "Building a National Clean-Tech Hub in Oil Country: Austin Chamber partners with utility and university to recruit clean energy talent and investment"
- "Fuel Savings and Cleaner Air in Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Chamber helps businesses save millions and improve air quality with clean energy program"
There are several more cleantech success stories described in the report, but the general concept is simple: "Local chamber executives know that American businesses can and should win the global clean energy race," and are working to make that happen. With that objective in mind, the report "provides a guide for chambers in all U.S. regions looking for ways to help their member companies and communities engage in economic development opportunities associated with renewable energy, smart grids, electric vehicles, high-speed rail, energy efficiency, and shipping efficiency." Good stuff.