Texas Clean Energy Council

What is the Texas Clean Energy Council?
The Texas Clean Energy Council is intended to actively manage the development of Texas clean tech clusters for Texas by assisting communities and stakeholders directly, and by scaling individual Texas resources to serve all of Texas, leveraging a natural statewide economy of scale.  The Texas Clean Energy Council is intended to develop the strategic efforts needed for enhancing innovative capacity; strategizing the development of a region-by-region and statewide Innovation Ecosystems; and a “joint operations” model for managing and optimizing cluster growth. This effort is known as a “cluster organization”, a cutting-edge structure utilized widely outside the United States to achieve regional competitive advantage for a strategic industry.  The New England Clean Energy Council is perhaps the best known example in the U.S.

How is a cluster organization unique?
Unlike a trade organization, a cluster organization brings together all of the stakeholders in the development of a strategic industry in order to accelerate growth: entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, CEOs, as well as government, education, and workforce representatives.

New industries often struggle without the developed elements common to existing clusters: specialized education and workforce programs, specialized supply-chain vendors and infrastructure, specialized capital providers, high-impact research centers, common marketing channels to customers, and policy development forums.

In addition, while clusters are primarily a regional activity, cluster organizations are able to leverage the natural scale of statewide resources, making previously “siloed” research, facilities, capital and infrastructure more accessible statewide.

Why is a cluster organization necessary for Texas and the U.S.?
The challenges of globalization, especially the massive sovereign wealth funds and centralized command-and-control of the BRIC countries, provide daunting challenges to the traditional competitive approach in the United States.  A coordinated “cluster initiative” is necessary to answer the challenge, providing constant coordination between all of the stakeholders in the growth of a strategic industry – clean tech companies, supply chain, government, education, workforce, researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs.

The Texas Clean Energy Council provides a platform to approximate the advantages of our international competitors in accelerating industry innovation.

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