Business Leaders Call for National Energy Policy

10/05/2012 - By Dan LeDuc

Lack of Predictability is Hampering Investment and Job Development

The lack of long term, predictable federal policy is impeding development of clean energy in the United States, stalling investments and hamstringing job creation at a critical time in the nation’s history.

That consensus emerged from a day-long meeting of business leaders, investors, researchers and government officials convened in Washington, DC, on Oct. 5, 2012 by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program. The session built on a series of roundtable meetings Pew held throughout the nation over the past year to highlight promising policy initiatives that could increase U.S. competitiveness in the global clean energy race.

“The global need for new solutions is driving the most important economic development race of the 21st century,” David Danielson, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Energy Department, told the gathering. “We need to win it.”

Before an audience of more than 100 members of Pew’s Clean Energy Business Network, panelists discussed innovation efforts, supply and demand issues for renewable energy and the policy outlook for 2013 and beyond.


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