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Clean energy innovation and deployment policies work best in concert

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

Recently, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) released its report, “Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus.” Provocative in tone, the report argues that a transition to a low-carbon energy system requires the development of new energy technologies that are much less expensive than the existing suite of clean energy technologies. The report concludes with several recommendations, including a recommendation to increase public investment in energy R&D to $15 billion annually—a target proposed by the American Energy Innovation Council in 2010 and...

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AEIC staff release case study on government role in gas turbine development

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

When the US government spurred the development of jet engines during and after World War II, no one guessed that decades later the same technology would be adapted for electricity generation. Today, gas turbine derived from jet engines–called “aeroderivative” gas turbines–provide flexibility for managing peak electricity demand and integrating increasing levels of variable wind and solar power. Aeroderivative gas turbines also power the world’s navies and have proven critical to oil and gas pumping operations. U.S. companies are not the only producers of...

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AEIC applauds House Science leadership for emphasizing the value of publicly-funded R&D and technology transfer

Posted on Aug 1, 2013

Last week, the House Committee for Science, Space, and Technology’s Research and Technology Subcommittee released a discussion draft of proposed legislation entitled, “Innovative Approaches to Technology Transfer Act of 2013.” The draft text would authorize federal agencies to direct a part of their research budgets to universities, research institutes, and national laboratories for novel approaches to technology transfer. This is particularly important for the Department of Energy and its national laboratories, whose science and R&D activities have been a critical part...

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Four charts that show the U.S. spends too little on energy research

Posted on Apr 15, 2013

At his confirmation hearing last week, Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz told the Senate that the United States spends far too little on energy R&D. “We are underinvesting by a factor of three,” he said, directly citing AEIC’s previous statements. Indeed, although U.S. energy R&D has been growing in recent years, levels are still below their peak in the 1970s — and they’re set to drop in the years ahead. We’re spending less on R&D to develop various clean-energy technologies than groups like the International Energy Agency have recommended. Moreover, federal...

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AEIC staff release case studies on government role in energy innovation

Posted on Mar 7, 2013

In the last half century, American companies have developed the technologies and established the businesses that shape the world’s energy systems today. American companies have led in energy innovation in large part because they are supported by our federal government’s commitment to driving innovation. Acting as a catalyst or instigator, the federal government can quicken the cycles of discovery and invention.   As the American Energy Innovation Council outlined in its previous reports, Catalyzing Ingenuity and The Business Plan, private sector innovation cannot address our energy...

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