Monday, April 6, 2009

From Seattle to DC and Back (Part 6)

Green energy has also been a theme that keeps reoccurring through the past two weeks as I attended an event at CSIS about encouraging green and smart grid technology in China through public-private partnerships at the local level. This event was refreshing as it discussed a different method of deploying these technologies that didn’t involve a large central government initiative.

A week later we went to a panel at the Washington Center on green technologies and environmental issues that gave a wider view of these issues with panelist from an NGO, a carbon trading investment group, the Department of Energy, and wind energy. Obviously many people are interested in these technologies but has there been any deployment? I was given the answer to this question when I received a tariff request at work for five different HS codes to assemble a wind power turbine tower in Mexico to be exported from the United States.

Nathan Gardner
Boeing Fellow
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce