Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin: Former Undersecretary of the Army
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Thomas A. Fanning
Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company
Co-Chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Founder, Microsoft
Chairman and CEO, American Air Liquide Holdings
Retired Chairman and CEO, DuPont
Who We Are
AEIC members include: Norm Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin; John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Thomas A. Fanning, Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company; Bill Gates, chairman and former CEO of Microsoft; Mike Graff, chairman and CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings; and Chad Holliday, chairman of Bank of America and former chairman and CEO of DuPont. Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox; Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE; and Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., serve in emeritus status.
The council is advised by a technical review panel consisting of preeminent energy and innovation experts and is staffed by the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Fanning joins a group of America’s leading business executives who came together in 2010 to promote energy innovation.
AEIC commends Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) on the introduction of legislation (S.3084) to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act.
Through passage of their respective energy bills, the House and Senate have taken a number of steps to bolster American energy innovation.
Widespread public sector investment in basic energy technology is critical to complement private investment and drive long-term economic growth in America and globally.
While the private sector plays the dominant role in commercializing new technologies, smart federal investments should seek to address gaps in the innovation process.
Rep. Randy Hultgren discussed the catalyzing role that smart federal investments, such as our national labs, can have on economic growth.
AEIC commended passage of an amendment by Sens. Dick Durbin and Lamar Alexander to increase funding for the Office of Science by $2.7 billion through fiscal year 2020.
AEIC hosted an event to examine the rationale and implications of expanding federal support for energy innovation.
The ability of investments in innovation to drive economic development at home makes innovation a rare opportunity for bipartisanship.
In 2010, the American Energy Innovation Council, composed of CEOs from multiple industries, called for the tripling of energy research and development.