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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    

A Train Ride Tour of Energy Innovation Across America

In August, I took part in the Millennial Trains Project, a cross-country train tour of seven cities in ten days. The brain child of Georgetown grad Patrick Dowd, the trip brought together 24 millennial age (18-34) thinkers to facilitate their own...

Posted September 18, 2013    

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