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U.S. Reps. Urge Energy Secretary to Establish Technology Transfer with Israel

Rep. Jerry McNerny, D-Calif., has been advocating for a more collaborative role between Israel and the United States, especially since Israeli water technology companies have been helping California with its long-standing drought.

by Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif. / April 7, 2016
U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz Flickr/Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon

(TNS) -- U.S. Representatives Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., and Steve Scalise, R-La., sent a letter last week to Secretary Ernest Moniz to urge him to establish a previously authorized Center of Excellence at the Department of Energy to promote technology transfer and development between Israel and the United States.

Both Scalise and McNerney say they believe this Center of Excellence will provide an excellent platform to enhance ties between the United States and Israel in the academic, private and public centers. Once established, the Center would foster student and faculty exchange programs, collaborative research initiatives, industry partnership, technology transfer and bring together the world’s most innovative countries in the development of new solutions to pressing problems.

McNerney has been advocating for a more collaborative role between Israel and the United States, especially since Israeli water technology companies have been helping California with its long-standing drought.

“Severe drought is impacting different regions all across the our country, but especially the West. I represent the Delta region, which is the hub of California’s water supply,” said McNerney. “A Center of Excellence at the Department of Energy is essential to promote important and collaborative technological innovation between Israel and the United States. We can use that type of innovation to address the drought with advanced water technology as well as further the energy sector.”

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