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.
Energy & Climate
BLM Should Re-Think its Failed Solar Auction to Drive Innovation
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
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.
Part 4: Pittsburgh, From Rust Belt Loser to Clean Energy Leader
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
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.