ITIF's new affiliate research center seeks to better educate state, national and international policymakers regarding the importance of energy innovation in addressing climate change.
WASHINGTON (February 27, 2014) - Energy innovation in low-carbon technology is central to addressing global climate change, increasing economic growth, and eliminating energy poverty. Yet spurring energy innovation takes more than basic science, a carbon price, and "garage tinkerers." It requires forward thinking government policies and large and consistent public investments that can spur development of next generation alternatives that people around the world will want to adopt.
To better educate state, national and international policymakers regarding the importance of energy innovation in addressing climate change, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has established the Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI). The center seeks to present energy innovation as an alternative to mainstream climate change solutions that often fail to acknowledge the necessity of innovation in lowering global carbon emissions. It will be the first Washington D.C.-based think tank to focus exclusively on energy innovation policy.
"The development of cheap, clean energy is the central challenge of the 21st century," notes Matthew Stepp, Executive Director of the Center for Clean Energy Innovation. "However, to accomplish this goal it is critical that we start taking energy innovation challenges seriously and make it a top policy priority in the United States and abroad."
To achieve these goals, CCEI will design, advoca