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Yellen Sounds Alarm on Clean Energy Supply Chain Risks

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen emphasizes the need for resilient and diversified clean energy supply chains in the U.S. to mitigate over-concentration risks, reflecting a significant concern in her recent speech.

Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen

Building Resilient Clean Energy Supply Chains

The United States is actively working on constructing resilient, diversified clean energy supply chains. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen emphasized protecting economic security against the potential dangers of an over-concentration in a few countries during an event in Las Vegas.

Transitioning from Fossil Fuels: A Major Challenge

In a forthcoming major speech, Yellen will discuss the difficulties of transitioning away from fossil fuels. The speech comes after she visits a union facility where workers are training for clean energy projects.

First Anniversary of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

The speech precedes the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), encompassing $500 billion in spending and tax incentives. These measures aim to encourage clean energy, cut healthcare costs, and raise tax revenue.

Emphasizing Economic Resilience and Key Legislation

Yellen will praise the ongoing robustness of the U.S. economy, highlighting the role of pivotal legislation like the IRA. This focus aims to fortify the U.S. manufacturing base and mitigate disruptions to secure economic stability.

Concerns Over Clean Energy Supply Chain Concentration

Yellen voiced concern over the over-concentration in clean energy supply chains. Currently, the production of vital clean energy components is concentrated in only a few countries.

Global Concentration of Clean Energy Resources

An International Energy Agency report highlighted that China dominates manufacturing in solar and wind systems. Additionally, some critical minerals necessary for these industries are highly concentrated in specific countries.

Investing in Domestic Clean Energy Supply Chains

Yellen explained the U.S.'s domestic investment strategy for building more resilient supply chains, facilitating other nations in accelerating their energy transitions, and boosting the U.S. clean energy economy.

Yellen to Speak at Union Training Center

Yellen will be speaking at a training center run by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union.

Biden's Efforts to Bolster Economic Growth and Climate Policy

The remarks form part of a broader campaign by President Biden and his cabinet, focusing on key states for the 2024 presidential election, to persuade Americans that their policies are stimulating economic growth and tackling climate change.

Current State of the U.S. Economy and Political Implications

Despite surpassing recession warnings with record-low unemployment and strong GDP growth, dissatisfaction with the economy among some voters may influence their support for Biden in the 2024 election, as revealed in a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.