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.
Energy & Climate
EU’s Climate Strategy Stuck in the Past
Considering the gridlock around climate policies in many countries around the world, any agreement seems laudable, but in reality the new EU climate strategy continues to follow an ageing, failing climate policy paradigm that depends entirely on setting carbon targets and prices, but fails to accelerate clean energy innovation.