Curious about the state of play of energy innovation in the United States? Check out the compiled resources below for a refresher on recent trends in U.S. energy research, ways the Department of Energy and private sector are working together to accelerate energy breakthroughs, and how the United States stacks up against other nations in the development of advanced energy technologies.
At a Glance
The bottom line: to stay competitive in the billion-dollar energy technology markets of tomorrow, the United States must strategically increase federal energy research investments.
The Department of Energy (DOE) funds innovative energy research across a range of disciplines throughout the United States, bolstering national security, creating jobs and economic opportunities, and improving access to reliable and affordable energy in every region.
Letter to Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittees: Invest in America’s Economic and Energy Future
Ensuring America stays at the forefront of global energy technology research is both an economic and security imperative. Decisions about federal investments in energy innovation that are made today will set the stage for years to come.
ARPA-E’s unique approach fills an important gap in the energy technology development cycle. America’s success in these markets will depend on whether we empower it, or allow continued uncertainty to undermine it.
Smart federal investments in energy research have one of the strongest track records at creating significant economic returns for taxpayers.
Energy Innovation 101
Americans should embrace the nation’s unique abilities to innovate as a way to create jobs, revitalize the economy, and enhance security while helping U.S. industry play a stronger role in providing clean, affordable, and reliable energy to the billions around the globe who currently lack it.
While the private sector plays the dominant role in commercializing the new technologies that will reinvent the energy sector, smart federal investments should seek to address critical gaps in the innovation process
The government can play the role of catalyst to private-sector innovation—enabling the private sector to develop new technologies more rapidly than would otherwise occur.