Pew’s clean energy initiative, which ran from 2011 to 2016, focused on accelerating the clean energy economy for its national security, economic, and environmental benefits. The initiative promoted the adoption of key changes to U.S. energy policies in these areas:
- Increasing fuel economy and encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles.
- Ensuring that the U.S. electric and industrial sectors are cleaner and more efficient.
- Fostering U.S. innovation through expanded energy research and development.
The initiative also led two subprojects to engage key constituencies and support policy change:
- The Pew project on national security, energy, and climate advanced solutions to protect our national security, increase our energy independence, and preserve our nation's natural resources. John W. Warner, former U.S. senator from Virginia and secretary of the Navy, served as a senior adviser to the project and led a national discussion on how these issues intersect.
- The Clean Energy Business Network, with more than 3,000 members from all 50 states, was created to inform and engage clean energy business leaders in federal policy issues affecting their industry. The network is now run by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
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