Congress Backs Energy Research in the Omnibus

By Brad Townsend This week, the House and Senate passed an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through September 30. While this stopgap funding agreement averts a shutdown in the near term, it sets the stage for discussions on the FY2018 budget to begin in earnest.  This most recent agreement provides much needed resources[…]

Four Leading Executives Join American Energy Innovation Council

Expansion Signals Growing Strength of Energy Innovation Agenda Washington, D.C.– The American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) today announced that four leading executives have joined the council as principals, including Neal Blue, Chairman and CEO of General Atomics; Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream Aerospace; Anthony F. Earley, Jr., Executive Chair of the Board of PG&E Corporation; Thomas[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]