Energy & Climate

Energy-related issues.

The Logic Chain to an Effective Global Clean Energy Policy

November 22, 2013
| Reports

Addressing global climate change requires clean energy technologies that are cost and performance-competitive with fossil fuels without subsidies. Yet, the dominant energy policy approaches in the United States and internationally, characterized by carbon prices, subsidies, and mandates, do the opposite. Only a cohesive and aggressive energy innovation strategy can develop and deploy affordable clean energy options the entire world wants to purchase and use. In nine steps, ITIF explains the logic behind the essential connection between the global climate challenge and the need for aggressive policies to support innovation at the federal and international levels. The report also recommends several policy suggestions to support such an innovation strategy.

Next-Gen Data Centers: Bringing Energy Efficiency to Government

November 20, 2013
This event discussed the nature and importance of next-gen data center technologies and the role government can play as an early adopter.

Increasingly stringent budget constraints are pushing federal agencies to investigate ways to reduce costs and increase productivity. At the same time, new Executive Orders and Congressional actions have mandated increased energy efficiency for government. These two forces have come together to create new opportunities for next-generation ICT technologies, particularly innovative data centers. In an effort to keep government at the leading edge of ICT innovation, Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Mike Rogers (R-MI) have introduced the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act (H.R. Read more »

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BLM Should Re-Think its Failed Solar Auction to Drive Innovation

November 14, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Last month the Department of Interior held its first competitive auction for commercial solar development on public lands, but unfortunately the auction failed to attract any bids. To avoid another failure in the future, solar development on public lands should represent an opportunity to test emerging technologies in real-world circumstances to drive technology improvements.

Reimagining The National Labs at 2013 Regional Meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium

November 13, 2013
| Presentations

Matthew Stepp gave a speech at the 2013 Regional Meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium in Leesburg, VA on the ITIF-led report Turning the Page: Reimaging the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy. The meeting is attended by prominent leaders in the national research technology development space.

Creating the Next-Generation Data Center

A Jolt to Complacency on Food Supply

New York Times
Climate change could so destabilize the world’s food system as to lead to rising hunger or even mass starvation.

Conference Brings Together Renewable-Energy Advocates

Burlington Free Press
ITIF argues we must focus on developing clean power that can compete head-to-head with coal, oil and natural gas.

Part 4: Pittsburgh, From Rust Belt Loser to Clean Energy Leader

November 5, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

In Part 4 of his series on Energy Innovation Across America, ITIF Senior Analyst Matthew Stepp takes a look at the key state policy drivers underpinning Pittsburgh's rise as a clean energy leader. After decades of economic hardship and uncertainty, southeastern Pennsylvania turned to building innovation capacity through smart public investments in research, start-ups, and workforce training. These investments have paid off as Pittsburgh is now a hub for clean energy research and emerging companies as well as a model regional energy innovation ecosystem.

Time to get tough on mercantilists

November 5, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The United States’ Generalized System of Preferences program promotes growth in the developing world by giving trade benefits to several beneficiary countries. But given how many countries flagrantly disregard the intellectual property criterion, it’s time to reconsider which countries deserve this assistance.

Can Grid Innovation Happen Without a Regulatory Overhaul?

Greentech Media
ITIF hosted a panel of electric utility experts who offered a range of prescriptions for how utilities should prepare themselves for the grid of the future.
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