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Clean Energy Investment Centre release RFI

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The Clean Energy Investment Centre (CEIC) in the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) – a formal document and process that allows the public to provide their insight and feedback to a list of questions. In this case, the CEIC are looking for investors, industry, and academia to share the best ways the centre can improve and expand access to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) people and information.

The centre’s mission and goal is to give industry and investors the resources they need to make informed investment decisions in US clean energy technology. Since the centre opened only months ago, the information gathered from the RFI process will help to enhance and prioritise services to the investment community. The deadline for input is 31 March.

The information collected will help align future activities in a way that maximises public benefit while advancing the Administration's goals for leading the world in building a competitive, clean energy economy; securing America’s energy future; reducing carbon pollution; and creating domestic jobs.

According to figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, recent investment trends in global clean energy are a cause for concern. After significant growth, investment began to plateau in 2009, and early stage clean technology investment has steadily fallen in recent years. Through this survey, areas to focus the CEIC's outreach can be identified and used to help address the root causes of declining investments in the sector.

The RFI contains four sections, each exploring a different aspect of the centre. The first category seeks to identify where people find information about DOE’s projects, initiatives, and resources, and it explores the usefulness of these sources. The second category focuses on respondents’ awareness about the expertise and assistance available through DOE and its national laboratories. The third category focuses on stakeholder engagement and communications. Through this section, respondents can share the communication channels most preferred, which settings provide the best value and interactions, and where they visit to learn the latest news about clean energy. The final category uses an open format for respondents to share how the centre can achieve its mission and increase different types of investments.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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