Accelerating clean energy solutions that improve the economy, national security and the environment
Energy is a key pillar of our lives–it runs our cars, charges our computers and powers our factories. Globally, energy use is expected to increase 35 percent over the next 25 years, driven almost entirely by demand due to increases in electricity use and vehicle fleets. The growing need for energy around the world is likely to make it an ever more precious commodity–forcing up prices and increasing global instability. Additionally, the world’s energy sector is responsible for approximately 70 percent of global carbon emissions, the direct cause of climate change.
A business-as-usual approach to energy policy threatens global economic competitiveness, national security and the environment. We must fundamentally transform the manner in which we produce, distribute and consume energy if we are to reduce dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, enhance global competitiveness and decrease carbon emissions.
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Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Senate has debated comprehensive energy legislation for the first time since 2007. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), co-sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), aims, in part, to upgrade America’s energy infrastructure and contains provisions to increase the deployment of renewable and efficient energy... Read More
Innovators have more opportunity than at any time in history to transform the global energy market, due to new multinational climate and energy agreements and a rising appetite worldwide for clean, reliable sources of power. That was the central message delivered by numerous high-profile speakers at the seventh annual summit of the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a part of the... Read More
On Feb. 9, the White House released its fiscal year 2017 budget request that included greater investment in cutting-edge clean energy technologies. The increased funding would support programs within the Department of Energy that focus on basic scientific research, electric grid modernization, advanced manufacturing, vehicle and energy efficiency, and renewable power generation. In the coming... Read More