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Energy Innovation | By the Numbers

By Brad Townsend  Data overwhelmingly shows that public investment in energy innovation can create jobs, energy savings and security benefits. In fact, smart federal investments in energy research have one of the strongest track records at creating significant economic returns for taxpayers. Declining Investment in Energy Innovation In 2010, the federal commitment to energy research,[…]

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Advanced Nuclear Energy: A $100 Billion Opportunity

By Brad Townsend  Innovation has played an outsized role in America’s economic health throughout the last century. Over the last fifty years, science, engineering and technology innovation has supported more than half of the economic growth in the United States, while building a web of innovation institutions that can serve as the foundation for American[…]

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Can the US Take Charge in the Global Battery Market?

By Erin Smith Innovation is key to securing America’s security, competitiveness, and prosperity. Breakthroughs in technology have the potential to create entirely new markets and improve the productivity of existing ones, which is why most economists view innovation as a reliable driver of long-term economic growth. Advances in energy technology deserve particular attention because access[…]

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Everything You Need to Know About the America COMPETES Act

Energy innovation is rising to a priority discussion in the United States, as last week both chambers of Congress acted on legislation that will guide the course of federal science and R&D investments for years to come. The House of Representatives narrowly passed its version of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1806), while in the[…]

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How Tax Reform Could Make Wind, Solar and Natural Gas Power More Expensive

In recent years, several members of Congress have proposed comprehensive tax reforms, all of which would affect the cost of electricity. In February 2014, previous House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his proposal for comprehensive tax reform. Representative Camp’s proposal followed a set of proposals (here and here) issued as part[…]