Energy Innovation

Energy Innovation

Innovation is the engine of American prosperity. Economists now recognize that up to 80 percent of modern economic growth arises from technological innovation – the process of developing new knowledge and harnessing those discoveries to create better commercial products, more competitive industries, and well-paying jobs.

Today, energy innovation is a national imperative. The United States must rapidly develop cleaner, cheaper, and more scalable forms of power to compete in the global clean energy race which is predicted to grow to $7 trillion in private investments by 2030. The nations that develop, deploy, and export these technologies stand to make large economic gains.

However, the private sector cannot meet these challenges alone. As we have in the past with paradigm-shifting discoveries such as the Internet, space exploration and biotechnology, public sector investment is necessary and instrumental to meet new challenges. The U.S. federal government must play an essential role in creating emerging energy technologies to help reduce the nation’s vulnerability to volatile oil markets and expand high-tech manufacturing.

Global energy demand is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent over the next 25 years, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration. Countries like China and Germany are moving quickly to capture this market opportunity. Fortunately, the United States still possesses unrivaled innovation capacity, from world-renowned research universities to deep venture capital markets. With a focused effort and increased federal investment, the nation can unleash its scientific and technological leadership to drive down the cost of clean energy, manufacture and deploy these products domestically, and export them abroad—all while enhancing our security, health, and environment.

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20 Countries, Including the U.S., Back Greater Investment in Clean Energy

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20 Countries, Including the U.S., Back Greater Investment in Clean Energy

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Basic Science Investment Improves U.S. Competitiveness

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Basic science is the foundation of innovation and involves “theoretical or experimental investigative research to advance knowledge without a specifically known or immediately practical application. It is the quest for new knowledge and the exploration of the unknown.”

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Unprecedented Solar Power Deployment

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Traditional energy resources such as oil and gas have received incentives from the U.S. government for more than a century. Now, federal programs are also spurring emerging technologies, including solar power.

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Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest.

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States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.