Energy & Climate

Energy-related issues.

Young People Who Are Changing the World, One Train Trip at a Time

Matthew Stepp’s initiative for the Millennial Trains Project included gaining insights on best practices in innovation policy by engaging local energy innovators and touring national laboratories.

Energy Innovation on the Hill

February 12, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
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Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Avenue, SW
Room B-369
Washington
DC
20005

Please join the Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI), the Bipartisan Policy Center's American Energy Innovation Council, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy for Energy Innovation on the Hill, an informal reception to showcase some of today's leading clean tech innovators fresh off of the annual Advanced Research Proj Read more »

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates the use of data-driven smart grid applications could help cut global CO2 emissions by more than two giga-tons by 2020.

The incorporation of a range of innovations, from smart sensors, mobile computing and cloud technology, is transforming the electric grid and providing tremendous opportunities to reduce emissions and cut costs for both producers and consumers. However, for the "Smart Grid" to become a reality numerous technical and policy challenges need to be addressed to enhance implementation and insure efficient transition from legacy systems. 

Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight

January 26, 2015
| Presentations

Matthew Stepp is moderating a panel titled "Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight." Register here.

Time to Focus on Innovation Targets, Not Emissions Targets, to Fight Climate Change

January 20, 2015
| Blogs & Op-eds

The recently failed climate talks in Lima, Peru illustrate that new leadership is needed if we hope to address climate change. We should not try to coax countries into agreeing to emissions targets, but to commit to targets on clean energy innovation. In other words, nations should set goals to invest a certain amount of money in research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to make clean energy so cheap that all businesses and consumers will voluntarily replace fossil fuels with clean energy because it makes economic sense to do so.

Testimony to the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

December 17, 2014
| Testimony and Filings

Matthew Stepp, Executive Director of ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation, provided testimony to the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories on methods for reforming the National Lab system to improve its innovation capabilities. The Commission was created by Congress to study the Department of Energy laboratory system and propose policy reforms to increase innovation and effectiveness from public investments in lab research. It was a created, in part, from a series of reports co-authored by Stepp titled, Turning the Page: Re-imagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy and Going Local: Connecting the National Labs to their Regions for Innovation and Growth.

ITIF Commends Department of Commerce for New Solar Energy Tariffs

ITIF’s Statement on the Lima Climate Change Negotiations

Bridging the Valley of Death: Successfully Moving Energy Breakthroughs from Lab to Market

December 10, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
121 Cannon House Office Building
C Street SE
Washington
DC
20003

A major challenge in bringing down the cost of clean energy technologies is bridging the so-called “valley of death”—the state of technology development where many promising discoveries die because they are not sufficiently advanced to attract private sector partners or venture funding even though they may hold tremendous potential impact. Read more »

Addressing Energy Access and Climate Change

December 10, 2014
Megan Nicholson discussed global energy access, climate change and how better innovation policies can address both issues on TakePartLive, an interactive, nightly news show on Pivot.

Megan Nicholson discussed global energy access, climate change and how better innovation policies can address both issues on TakePartLive, an interactive, nightly news show on Pivot.