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Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance: Increasing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

By Matthew Stepp and Amanda Kibbe, Center for Clean Energy InnovationU.S. Representative Matt Cartwright recently introduced the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4162), which would encourage the use of energy efficient...

Posted April 16, 2014    

Characterizing Energy Access, Climate Change, and Innovation

By Megan Nicholson and Matthew SteppThe UN declared the next ten years the “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,” and there is no better way to kick off the decade than with a compelling discussion about how to actually reach this goal. Recently a...

Posted March 24, 2014    

Making Clean Energy a Reality for All

By Megan Nicholson and Matthew SteppClimate change is a global problem that requires a solution at scale with its extensive nature.This is an unfortunate reality that is often overlooked in climate policy debates, which in the past few decades have...

Posted March 10, 2014    

#EnergyChat: Unraveling the President's State of the Union Address

Last night, the President gave the annual State of the Union - a unique opportunity to argue for his policy agenda for the next year in front of the entire country and all of Congress. Climate change and clean energy have been a significant part of...

Posted January 30, 2014    

Time to Make Abrupt Climate Change and Earth Observation a Policy Priority

Co-authored by Amanda Kibbe, Research Analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.The National Research Council released a new report in December calling for the development of an Abrupt Change Early Warning System (ACEWS),...

Posted January 14, 2014    

60 Minutes of Epic Fail and the Real Energy Policy Debates CBS Missed

Part of me doesn’t want to waste anymore digital ink on the CBS 60 Minutes CleanTech Crash segment. Like any national media story on clean energy, it’s effectively stirring the pot of energy and climate commentators and causing a mini firestorm. It’...

Posted January 10, 2014    

Top Washington D.C. Clean Energy Policy Stories from 2013

U.S. clean energy policy was as caught up in Washington gridlock as most other issue areas in 2013. No climate-saving clean tech bill passed through Congress and even modest, bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation failed to get to the President’s...

Posted December 23, 2013    

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

 This is the fourth and final article of a four part series chronicling highlights from my seven-city tour, Energy Innovation Across America. The first stop was a tour of Salt Lake City’s energy innovation ecosystem, which can be found here....

Posted November 6, 2013    

Part 3: Midwest Building World Class Tools to Spur Energy Innovation

This is the third of a four part series chronicling highlights from my seven-city tour, Energy Innovation Across America. The first stop was a tour of Salt Lake City’s energy innovation ecosystem, which can be found here. And highlights from my...

Posted October 7, 2013    

Government Shutdown Damages U.S. Energy Innovation

The federal government has officially shutdown as of midnight, October 1st, 2013 due to Congress’s failure to pass a budget. The 2013 fiscal year ends on September 30th and the government required a new budget to continue operations. The government...

Posted October 1, 2013    

ARPA-E Still Pushing Boundaries of Clean Energy in Fragile Budget Environment

Last week, 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. The projects are the latest round of public investment from...

Posted September 30, 2013    

Part 2: The Mad Scientists at the Department of Energy's National Laboratories

This is the second of a four part series chronicling highlights from my seven-city tour, Energy Innovation Across America. The first, on my tour of Salt Lake City’s energy innovation ecosystem, can be found here. My goal was to meet energy...

Posted September 23, 2013