For Immediate Release - December 07, 2011

Massachusetts Clean Energy Leaders Explore Partnerships and Economic Development Opportunities with Clean Energy Industries in Brazil

Secretary Sullivan at Inovation Economy Partnership 2011 Forum in Sao Paulo

Secretary Sullivan (far left), participating in a panel at the Innovation Economy Partnership 2011 Forum in Sao Paulo, is seated next to Carlos Henrique Brito Cruz, Scientific Director of FAPESP.  MassCEC CEO Pat Cloney (second from right) is seated next to Professor Jose Goldemberg, Instituto de Eletrotécnica e Energia at Universidad de Sao Paulo (far right).

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – December 7, 2011 – Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard K. Sullivan Jr. and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Chief Executive Officer Patrick Cloney participated in a clean energy roundtable at the Innovation Economy Partnership 2011 Forum at Santander Headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil today.

The roundtable included a discussion of potential opportunities for partnerships and joint ventures to further clean energy research, innovation and entrepreneurship in Massachusetts and Brazil.

With a growing and industrializing economy, Brazil is one of the fastest growing clean energy markets in the world. Massachusetts’ vibrant clean energy industry has seen significant growth and recognition for national excellence. According to the recently released 2011 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, there are 64,000 people working in clean energy in Massachusetts at more than 4,900 clean energy companies. These companies project additional job growth over the next year, providing ample opportunity for collaboration.

“With our concentration of universities and research institutions, well-educated workforce, venture capital, and entrepreneurial traditions, Massachusetts is well positioned to grow a vibrant clean energy sector,” said Secretary Sullivan. “Our discussions with clean energy industry leaders in Brazil today pave the way for future collaborations that can strengthen the Commonwealth’s role as a national leader in energy innovation.”

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