It was timed to APEC’s launch of the Just Energy Transition Initiative, a program that prioritizes social equity, job creation, community engagement, and environmental sustainability.
These key points closely align with Group14’s innovation and manufacturing strategy. Most immediately, they sync with our ongoing work in decarbonization by transitioning the world to silicon batteries and how we think about community development and job creation. Our relationship with energy extends beyond electricity alone – it’s about educating, creating, and empowering a growing workforce domestically and abroad.
Group14’s participation lines up with our ongoing work taking place in rural communities to accelerate the emerging clean energy economy, specifically through our BAM-2 factory now going up in Moses Lake, Washington. This includes pathways for new career opportunities, training at BAM-2, and our commitment to investing in the local community and economy.
“At Group14,” Luebbe says, “we are committed to charting new paths for workforce development in the U.S. to foster a fair and equitable energy transition for all. What that looks like is creating new jobs in the clean energy economy, making sure the benefits of renewables and decarbonization solutions are accessible to all, and involving the community to create a just energy transition.”
Leading up to the discussion, Luebbe and Group14 CTO, Rick Costantino, hosted APEC energy ministers and delegations to tour our commercial BAM-1 factory and Headquarters in Woodinville, WA. During the tours, we shared details on how our silicon battery materials and expanded global manufacturing footprint are helping meet regional goals and requirements for decarbonization – a key component of the global transition to renewable energy.
Our commitment to the electrification of everything for everyone remains clear. By prioritizing job creation, training, and workforce development, we’re enabling a smooth transition to renewable energy where everyone benefits.