Recently I traveled to San Francisco to participate in international efforts to meet the challenge of climate change and accelerate the global transition to clean energy.

The main event was the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial, a meeting of 23countries and the European Commission.

Our partners in the new Mission Innovation initiative met for the first time at the ministerial level to discuss individual commitments to fund clean energy research and development.

Finally, I had the privilege of participating in the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment gathering of more than 250 women in clean energy who came together at Stanford University to strategize and collaborate on advancing our shared agenda.

The common theme across all three initiatives is that we must raise our game in the clean energy innovation space and identify effective ways to bring the new technologies we generate to market as quickly as possible.

It’s why our office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy helped create Cyclotron Road, a new program working on exactly that challenge.

Strong innovation ecosystems will be essential in building the future clean energy economy.