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What They Are Saying: Energy & Environment Innovation Showcase Highlighting Local Solutions


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Republicans invited companies, educational institutions, and other organizations from their respective districts and across the country to the U.S. Capitol for an Energy & Environment Innovation Showcase. With Members of Congress and more than 200 attendees at the Showcase, 18 exhibitions highlighted some of the work and projects happening locally to address climate change, power the economy of tomorrow, and provide value to American consumers.

Here’s what they are saying about the Showcase:

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Congressman Fred Upton welcomed a team from Western Michigan University to Washington, D.C. this week for the Energy and Environment Innovation Showcase. He tells us it was put on by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee as a way to learn about ways to reduce emissions.

“Climate change is real,” Upton said. “The way we are going to get out of it is technological advancements, and we wanted to showcase what countries around the country are doing to reduce emissions.”

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A few buildings over from the House floor, a Republican-led Energy and Environment Innovation Showcase was held last week that featured Ohio Representatives Bob Latta (R-05) and Bill Johnson (R-06), along with a team from the Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative.

John Metcalf, the president and CEO of the cooperative, got to show off his company’s smart meters to a Capitol Hill audience.

“Being in a different environment, it spurs different questions,” he said.

Latta said it’s helpful when Ohio businesses and organizations travel to Washington for events like this because they provide a bigger platform than when your local representative is home and comes for a visit.

“They might show me, but this gives them a great opportunity to show everyone what they’re doing,” Latta said.

NIU Today: NIU’s Tao Xu participates in D.C. innovation showcase

NIU chemistry and biochemistry professor Tao Xu presented his research team’s work on clean energy technologies during the Energy & Environment Innovation Showcase, held Monday, Dec. 9, in Washington, D.C.

Recognized internationally for his work, Xu’s nanotechnology research pursues basic science understanding of charge and atom transfer processes at the interfaces of various energy systems, including solar cells, catalysts and sensors.

The showcase was attended by members of Congress and their staffs, as well representatives from federal agencies. From Illinois, Xu discussed his team’s research with Congressman John Shimkus (IL-15) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger, (IL-16), as well as representatives of Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-2), Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-1) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9).

The Southwest Times: MOVA Technologies invited to attend Innovation Showcase in D.C.

Virginia 9th Congressional District Representative Morgan Griffith hosted Pulaski based MOVA Technologies at the Energy and Environmental Innovation Showcase in Washington, D.C. Monday, Dec. 9.

The showcase, sponsored by the Republicans of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, highlighted ongoing research and technological development intended to reduce emissions and power future economic growth.

“Innovation will unlock a cleaner, more prosperous future,” said Congressman Griffith. “I am excited by the possibilities, especially those that may come from Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District. MOVA Technologies of Pulaski is testing filtration equipment that could be used by an array of industries to remove pollutants from flue gas streams and recycle them for other uses. This type of creative thinking and design will help us solve the environmental and economic challenges we face.”

SBJ: Opinion: Hog manure project a lesson in clean energy

By: Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)

Last week, the Energy and Commerce Committee hosted an Energy and Environment Innovation Showcase in Washington, D.C. Its purpose was to highlight companies and organizations from across the United States that are using innovative technologies to address climate change and strengthen our energy security.

It showcased how supporting research and technologically driven policy can achieve significant results in addressing climate change. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, I recognize the importance of providing reliable, yet affordable, energy sources that are not detrimental to the environment — a view shared by both Democrats and Republicans. We will continue to work together to develop pragmatic solutions and realistic goals, which is a balance that was highlighted in the showcase.

As a member of the subcommittee, I was asked to invite a business or organization that uses innovative approaches to energy consumption and conservation. I invited Missouri-based Roeslein Alternative Energy. Roeslein partnered with Smithfield Foods to produce renewable natural gas from hog manure.

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ICYMI: Watch the highlight video of the Showcase by clicking here or the image below

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