As the United States clean energy economy continues to slowly grow, the Midwest, is taking a prominent role in accelerating its development. ITIF Senior Analyst Matthew Stepp sat down with two leading groups, the Clean Energy Trust and the Energy Foundry, while in Chicago as part of the Millennial Trains Project. Both organizations have unique beginnings, but sit together at the center of the Midwest’s burgeoning energy innovation ecosystem, aiming to bridge the valleys-of-death and move breakthrough clean energy technologies to market.
Government Shutdown Damages U.S. Energy Innovation
Writing for the Capitol Energy Report, ITIF Senior Analyst Matthew Stepp provides a summary of the impacts the government shutdown is having on critical energy infrastructure and energy innovation institutions. The shutdown is just the latest policy setback for America’s energy innovation ecosystem, which has experienced budget cuts and sequestration in recent years.
ARPA-E Still Pushing Boundaries of Clean Energy in Fragile Budget Environment
The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced support for 33 new projects aimed at developing an affordable and scalable clean energy transportation sector. While the projects are the latest round of public investment from ARPA-E in high-risk, high-reward low-carbon energy innovations, they’re also notable because Washington’s current fragile budget and policy environment. Recent budget gamesmanship in addition to a dangerous combination of sequestration, budget cuts, and an overall negative view of energy innovation, puts ARPA-E’s funding at risk for the next fiscal year.
A Train Ride Tour of Energy Innovation Across America
In August 2013, ITIF Senior Analyst Matthew Stepp took part in the Millennial Trains Project, a cross-country train tour of seven cities in ten days where each participant undertook their own unique project. Stepp’s project, Energy Innovation Across America, aimed to bring the stories and perspectives of energy innovators from across the country back to Washington where energy policy gridlock is at an all-time high. In this introductory piece at The Energy Collective, Stepp summarizes why this project was important and introduces the four articles covering some of the major highlights gained from the trip.
Can DOE Build a Better Electric Car Battery?
ARPA-E’s Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE) program was created as part of an integrated effort to accelerate electric vehicle innovation to reduce costs and improve performance of EVs. Last week, ARPA-E announced the names and descriptions of the 22 recipients for the RANGE program, representing fresh approaches to making EVs available to everyone.