Support is growing for legislation aimed at promoting U.S. clean energy technology competitiveness. A hearing is expected to be set soon for SB 1586 by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Prior (D-AK) that creates a fund to reduce alternative energy manufacturing production costs and increase investments to promote this sector\u2019s manufacturing and exports. The Clean Energy Technology and Manufacturing Assistance Act mirrors legislation introduced last year by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), which passed the House. \u201cWe are hopeful that because of the momentum the legislation has gained, it will be brought up soon, either on its own or as part of a larger jobs package,\u201d said Alana Juteau, Matsui\u2019s spokesperson. Matsui\u2019s measure is part of the \u201cMake it in America\u201d agenda being pushed by House Democrats. It was also included in leader Nancy Pelosi\u2019s recommendations to the Super Committee as a job creation initiative they could have included in a final package. \u201cThe clean energy sector has the potential to put Americans to work, improve our national security, and address our environmental impact,\u201d Matsui stated this week. Last January, she introduced the legislation to \u201chelp American companies increase their demand and create new, good jobs in communities like Sacramento.\u201d The measure directs the International Trade Administration to help clean tech firms navigate foreign export markets. It also directs the ITA to develop and implement a national clean energy technology export strategy.