WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown sees a green future — green energy.

Hoping to capitalize on Ohio’s manufacturing know-how, Brown on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive energy initiative. Key elements of the bill are the expansion of research and development, enhanced training, the promotion of commercialization and building a green energy manufacturing base.

“This is an energy bill. This is a jobs bill. This is an environment bill,” Brown said. “Ohio is already a major force in the alternative energy market. We have the innovators, the manufacturers, and the highly skilled work force. By investing in green technologies, this legislation would empower Ohio to become the Silicon Valley of alternative energy.”

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