ARPA-e provides catalytic funding for energy innovation

Republicans are praising a clean energy program supported by President Obama for a reason. ARPA-e is about catalytic funding of energy innovation–small grants that help develop promising new high-risk, high-reward technologies. ARPA-e’s employees themselves are on time-limited assignments, helping the agency avoid bureaucratic stasis that can affect other government R&D. And the funding is spread[…]

Innovation Policy as Unilateral US Climate Action

Energy innovation is the best unilateral climate policy

The US can and should take unilateral action on climate change because energy innovation is fundamentally valuable, regardless of what other nations do. Good energy innovation policy emphasizes basic and applied research at the pre-commercial stages. Government funding is worthwhile across a range of industries because returns from early-stage research are often too speculative and[…]

Innovate, Manufacture, Compete

Overcoming policy uncertainty to innovate, manufacture, and compete

The global clean energy marketplace is expanding rapidly, but with no clear, consistent, long-term national energy policies, American industry risks losing out to competition abroad. In their recently released report, Innovate, Manufacture, Compete, the Pew Charitable Trusts discusses the results of workshops held across the country with industry, academia, and other stakeholders. The report concludes[…]

Unleashing Private-Sector Energy R&D

AEIC research offers inside look at innovative companies, struggles with gov’t policy

R&D directors at major, innovation-driven companies in America believe that the inconsistency of the R&D tax credit, a lack of access to science and engineering talent, and intellectual property licensing issues are some of the biggest obstacles to R&D success in the United States. These are some of the findings of a new staff report[…]