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Ernest Moniz’ Confirmation Hearing: Importance of Energy Innovation

MIT physics professor Dr. Ernest Moniz has yet to receive Senate confirmation to serve as the nation’s next Energy Secretary, let alone begin his tenure. This hasn’t stopped speculation about what a Moniz-led Department of Energy (DOE) might look...

Posted April 15, 2013    

Obama's Race to the Top: Model for Fostering Energy Innovation?

President Barack Obama’s newly unveiled fiscal 2014 budget request supports a number of strong energy innovation policies, including an Energy Security Trust Fund to support next-generation transportation energy R&D and increased funding for the...

Posted April 11, 2013    

Australian Cabinet Merger is Actually Better For Climate Change Mitigation

 Last week, the Australian government announced the merger of two cabinet-level departments, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education....

Posted April 5, 2013    

ARPA-E: Cleantech Innovation and the Pursuit of Decarbonization

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced funding opportunities for two new programs, each with $20 million, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. The first, Reducing Emissions Using...

Posted March 26, 2013    

Policymakers Share Common Ground on Energy Revenue, But Can They Deliver?

 Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced the Fixing America’s Inequality with Revenues (FAIR) Act, which would allow coastal states to collect a portion of the revenues of offshore energy production. Specifically, it...

Posted March 24, 2013    

Energy Security Trust Fund an Important Policy Pilot for Supporting Innovation

Last Friday, President Obama reiterated his support for the creation of an Energy Security Trust Fund during a speech at the Argonne National Laboratory, something he first proposed in his 2013 State of the Union address.  Specifically,...

Posted March 20, 2013    

Energy Storage Innovation: ARPA-E’s RANGE Program

On the eve of their annual Energy Innovation Summit, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced funding for a new program focused on improving electric vehicle (EV) battery technologies. The new Robust Affordable Next...

Posted February 22, 2013    

Unanswered Questions: Nuclear Power and Energy Storage

During the Energy Innovation 2013 conference at the end of January, panel moderators fielded hand-written questions submitted by the audience. Time was limited and many questions went unasked. Fortunately, the moderator of the panel on nuclear power...

Posted February 13, 2013    

Senator Murkowski's Energy Policy Blueprint

On Monday, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released a comprehensive, 121-page energy policy blueprint featuring about 200 policy recommendations spanning fossil fuels, clean energy...

Posted February 9, 2013    

Energy Policy as the Solution to Climate Change

The issue of climate change arose during Senator John Kerry’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State yesterday and the senator provided several thoughtful comments. Senator John Barrasso initiated the discussion when he expressed concern that...

Posted January 27, 2013    

Critical Materials Institute a Welcome Addition to the Energy Innovation Ecosystem

Dysprosium, a rare earth metal used in magnets for wind turbines and electric vehicles. Photo credit: Wikimedia CommonsLast week, the Department of Energy announced the establishment of a new Energy Innovation Hub at the Ames Laboratory in Ames,...

Posted January 18, 2013    

America Needs a Vibrant Clean Energy Manufacturing Sector

This week, the Brookings Institution released three papers with recommendations to revitalize the domestic manufacturing sector. One proposes the creation of a national network of advanced industries innovation hubs, which would “focus on cross-...

Posted January 17, 2013