September 23, 2016
Capitol Update

In this issue:


ON DEMAND RECORDING OF ASME GOVERNMENT RELATIONS WEBINAR ON THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR MANUFACTURING INNOVATION NOW AVAILABLE

ASME Government Relations recently held a webinar featuring Dr. Shreyes Melkote and Dr. Frank Pfefferkorn, two past ASME Foundation Swanson Fellows who served at the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) housed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Drs. Melkote and Pfefferkorn provided an update on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Program, the network of manufacturing innovation institutes, the Strategic Plan, institute partnerships, current and future opportunities and highlights of their Fellowships. The recording of this webinar is now available at the following location: http://ppec.asme.org/washington-insider/register-today-asme-government-relations-webinar-scheduled-for-sept-15th-100pm-200pm-est/

If you have any difficulties accessing the webinar, please contact ASME CustomerCare at: customercare@asme.org


THE INAUGURAL 2016 MFORESIGHT NATIONAL SUMMIT ON “AMERICA’S NEW MANUFACTURING MOMENT” TO BE HELD ON SEPT. 29 IN D.C.

The 2016 MForesight National Summit will be held at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 29. The theme of this year's conference is “America’s New Manufacturing Moment.” The daylong event will focus on identifying actionable steps for seizing momentum around new technological innovation and re-shoring trends as well as specific advice for the next Presidential Administration.

This year’s theme reflects the momentum and potential for domestic manufacturing. Speakers will examine how manufacturing can address our innovation needs, the trade deficit in advanced technology products, economic opportunity, and sustainable growth.

Featured Speakers and Panelists include:

  • Robert Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) - President
  • Norman Augustine, Lockheed Martin Corp CEO (Ret.); Former Under Secretary of the Army
  • Kurt Bettenhausen, Siemens Corporation - Sr. Vice President for Technology,
  • Emily DeRocco, ACT Foundation - Sr. Strategic Advisor; LIFT – Education & Workforce Development - Director
  • Christine Furstoss, General Electric Global Research – Vice President & Technical Director
  • Ron Hira, Howard University – Professor of Public Policy; Economic Policy Institute
  • Thomas Kalil, The White House – Deputy Director of Technology and Innovation; National Economic Council – Senior Advisor
  • Dean Kamen, Inventor, DEKA Research and Development – Founder; FIRST Robotics – Founder
  • Bruce Kramer, National Science Foundation – Senior Advisor
  • Michael Molnar – NIST – Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office - Director
  • Fernando Muzzio, Rutgers University – Distinguished Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
  • David Parrillo, Dow Chemicals Global R&D – Director
  • Scott Paul - Alliance for American Manufacturing – President
  • Martine Rothblatt, Inventor; United Therapeutics Corp – Founder & Chair of the Board; Sirius XM Radio – Founder

To register for the Summit, please visit the Summit’s webpage at http://mforesight.org/national-summit-2016/.


ENERGY SECRETARY MONIZ, INTERIOR SECRETARY JEWELL ANNOUNCE NEW NATIONAL OFFSHORE WIND STRATEGY

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently announced the publication of a collaborative plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States. The National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States could enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2050.

The wind energy strategy is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan designed to promote job creation and cut carbon pollution. The plan identifies key challenges facing the industry and more than 30 specific actions that Department of Energy and Department of the Interior can take over the next five years to address those challenges. These actions fall into three strategic areas:

  1. Reducing technical costs and risks.
  2. Supporting effective stewardship.
  3. Improving the market conditions for investment in offshore wind energy.

To read more, please visit:
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-secretary-moniz-and-interior-secretary-jewell-announce-new-national-offshore-wind


SUNSHOT INCUBATOR SOFTWARE STARTUPS PUTS SOLAR ON THE MAP

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sunshot Initiative has announced $25.4 million in funding for 21 innovative projects that push the envelope of what is possible with solar energy, including how new software can accelerate solar deployment by finding better locations to site projects and supporting project management efforts for commercial and utility-scale solar. The 21 SunShot Technology to Market Awards also include funding for both the Solar Manufacturing and Solar Incubator funding programs.

DOE’s Technology to Market funding programs support the development of tools, technologies, and services that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across all technology areas. Projects focus on a wide variety of topics including photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, and power electronics, as well as soft costs such as customer acquisition, permitting, financing, interconnection, and inspection.

For more information, please visit
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/dropping-pins-sunshot-incubator-software-startups-put-solar-map


ENCOURAGING THE SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE DEPLOYMENT OF AUTOMATED VECHICLES

The Obama Administration recently announced a new Federal Automated Vehicles Policy to facilitate the responsible introduction of automated vehicles into the national fleet with the goal of making transportation safer, cleaner, more accessible, and more efficient. The policy includes the following four sections:

  • 15 Point Safety Assessment –The Vehicle Performance Guidance for Automated Vehicles for manufacturers, developers and other organizations includes a 15 point “Safety Assessment” for the safe design, development, testing and deployment of automated vehicles.
     
  • Model State Policy – This section presents a clear distinction between Federal and State responsibilities for regulation of highly automated vehicles, and suggests recommended policy areas for states to consider with a goal of generating a consistent national framework for the testing and deployment of highly automated vehicles.
     
  • NHTSA’s Current Regulatory Tools – This discussion outlines NHTSA’s current regulatory tools that can be used to ensure the safe development of new technologies, such as interpreting current rules to allow for greater flexibility in design and providing limited exemptions to allow for testing of nontraditional vehicle designs in a more timely fashion.
     
  • Modern Regulatory Tools – This discussion identifies new regulatory tools and statutory authorities that policymakers may consider in the future to aid the safe and efficient deployment of new lifesaving technologies.

This announcement builds the Administration’s earlier efforts to continue to expand and encourage innovation for vehicles. Early in 2016, the President proposed a $4 billion investment in automated vehicle deployment through real-world pilots.

Additional information can be found at: https://www.transportation.gov/AV


NATIONAL ACADEMIES PUBLISH NEW BOOKS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND ENERGY

The National Academies Press recently published two new books, “National Security Space Defense and Protection” and “The Power of Change: Innovation for Development and Deployment of Increasingly Clean Electric Power Technologies.”

Written by the Committee on National Security Space Defense and Protection; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “National Security Space Defense and Protection”details mankind’s advancements in outer space. From the launch of the first satellite to our present high tech dependence on orbiting satellites as part of a highly complex space system have emerged major policy issues. This book reviews the range of options to defend satellites from hostile actions and recommends actions to address affordability, technology risk and other factors impacting the system.

The second book “The Power of Change” discusses how to speed up innovation to dramatically improve performance and lower the cost of currently available technologies while advancing new advanced cleaner energy technologies. Five pathways to accelerate marketplace adoption of clean energy and efficiencies technologies are detailed: (1) expanding cleaner energy technology options; (2) leveraging energy efficiency advantages; (3) facilitating renewables, nuclear and cleaner fossil; (4) improving existing technologies, systems, and infrastructure; and (5) leveling the playing field for cleaner energy technologies.

Free downloads of each book are available at: https://www.nap.edu/

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