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Part 1: Millennial Trains Project Explores Energy Innovation in Utah

This guest post comes to us from, and was originally posted at, the Energy Commercialization Center. Learn more about ECC and collaborative innovation communities in Salt Lake City here.Matthew Stepp visited Salt Lake City last Saturday, August...

Posted August 19, 2013    

Washington Heading for Another Round of Devastating Cuts to Energy Innovation

Both the left and the right use inspiring and lofty rhetoric about elevating U.S. international competitiveness, stimulating economic growth, and spurring innovation. But this messaging often fails to translate into deliberate policy action. This is...

Posted July 23, 2013    

The Quiet Energy Innovation Revolution: An Interview with the Department of Energy’s Dave Danielson (Part 2)

In part one of this interview, Assistant Secretary of Energy David Danielson (pictured below) and I talked about his efforts to support and advance clean energy manufacturing for both new technologies as well as way to make existing U.S....

Posted July 1, 2013    

Energy Chat: The Ins and Outs of President Obama's New Climate Change Plan [VIDEO]

On Tuesday June 25th, President Obama announced his new federal climate change initiative aimed at reducing U.S. carbon emissions and better preparing the nation for the impacts of extreme weather. In his much-anticipated remarks at Georgetown...

Posted June 29, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Innovation Big and Small Important to Climate Change

In the last week, two news stories really captured the potential future for nuclear energy. The New York Times Matthew Wald reported from Georgia, where construction crews are slowly building the first two new nuclear reactors in...

Posted June 26, 2013    

The Quiet Energy Innovation Revolution: An Interview with the Department of Energy's Dave Danielson (Part 1)

To most people outside of the Washington bubble, federal policymakers are stuck in agonizing gridlock and a perpetual debate on cutting the budget. For energy and climate change policy, the view must seem even more dire because of a prolonged debate...

Posted June 24, 2013    

Interior Department's Lease Auction and Wind Energy Innovation

The Department of Interior (DOI) announced this week the first-ever competitive offshore wind auction. Many policymakers and advocates are hailing it as a milestone moment: the auction offers leases for almost 165,000 acres of ocean off...

Posted June 13, 2013    

Making Sense of Government Energy Innovation Policy

I recently asked a few colleagues over lunch the kind of wonky question that would only be allowed within the borders of the District of Columbia: Aside from more government investment – which is desperately needed – what are the big issues with...

Posted June 6, 2013    

DOD Energy Innovation Impacted by Budget Sequestration

 The impacts of budget sequestration are slowly being unveiled to the general public. Furloughs at the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) led to air traffic gridlock and angry travelers. Parks and national tourist sites are cutting back hours....

Posted May 24, 2013    

Why Climate Change Hawks Should Support the America Competes Act

Making Innovation Part of Climate Hawks Policy PitchIn a previous article I argued that climate policy advocates should make energy innovation part of their policy elevator pitch. A good opportunity to start is now available through the...

Posted May 16, 2013    

DOE's High Impact Energy Innovation Incubator Program

 Buried in the President’s FY2014 budget proposal is an interesting reform that could impact energy innovation without relying on Congress for any new – and hard to come by – federal investments. The idea is to create eight new research...

Posted May 13, 2013    

Evolving Support for an Innovation Carbon Tax

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is nothing but consistent: he wants a carbon tax and he wants it bad. Since 2005, he’s mentioned “carbon tax” 41 times in his column. Yet, while his support for a carbon tax hasn’t waned, the characteristics...

Posted May 2, 2013