Policy & Politics: R&D and Innovation Policy

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Policies That Work

Even the most well-intentioned energy policies will not meet their desired goals if they aren’t designed and implemented correctly. A handful of design principles, when properly applied, make for highly effective policies. This paper, an update from the original “Policies That Work” report, describes how to determine the right goals, choose the right policy approaches, and design and implement the specific policies to meet these goals.

Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership: Report Card, Challenges, and Opportunities

This report describes the political landscape for energy R&D and innovation in the United States. It evaluates political activities over the last five years via a ‘report card’ and highlights challenges and opportunities for future energy investment. The Council concludes that government must increase its investment in energy R&D and innovation in order to accelerate the energy sector’s transformation in a positive and meaningful way.

Partners in Ingenuity: Case Studies of Federal Investments Enhancing Private-Sector Energy Innovation

This report describes the importance of public-private partnerships in aiding the successful development and commercialization of advanced energy technologies. It summarizes AEIC’s five case studies on government’s role in energy technology innovation: unconventional gas and exploration and production, aeroderivative gas turbines, alternative vehicle technologies, advanced diesel internal combustion engines, and low-emissivity windows.

Case Studies on the Government’s Role in Energy Technology Innovation: Public-Private Partnerships in Vehicle Technologies

This is one of several case studies published by the American Energy Innovation Council illustrating the various ways in which government support has been a critical enabler of energy technologies that are widely-used and important today. This paper focuses on government involvement in developing technologies that allow vehicles to be more efficient or use low-carbon fuel sources.

Case Studies on the Government’s Role in Energy Technology Innovation: Aeroderivative gas turbines

This is one of several case studies published by the American Energy Innovation Council illustrating the various ways in which government support has been a critical enabler of energy technologies that are widely-used and important today. This paper focuses on aeroderivative gas turbines, which are more efficient and faster-ramping, useful characteristics for helping to balance the integration of variable sources (like wind and solar) into the power grid.

Case Studies on the Role of Government in Energy Technology Innovation: Low-Emissivity Windows

This is one of several case studies published by the American Energy Innovation Council illustrating the various ways in which government support has been a critical enabler of energy technologies that are widely-used and important today. This paper focuses on the development of low-emissivity (highly insulated) windows, which now constitute the majority of all windows sold in the U.S.

Case Studies on the Role of Government in Energy Technology Innovation: Advanced Diesel Internal Combustion Engines

This is one of several case studies published by the American Energy Innovation Council illustrating the various ways in which government support has been a critical enabler of energy technologies that are widely-used and important today. This paper focuses on the development of advanced (more efficient, lower-polluting) diesel internal combustion engines, commonly used in trucks.

Case Studies on the Role of Government in Energy Technology Innovation: Unconventional Gas Exploration & Production

This is one of several case studies published by the American Energy Innovation Council illustrating the various ways in which government support has been a critical enabler of energy technologies that are widely-used and important today. This paper focuses on the development of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in enhancing the exploration and production of unconventional gas.

Unleashing Private-Sector Energy R&D: Insights from Interviews with 17 R&D Leaders

For this report, Jeffrey Rissman and Maxine Savitz interviewed 17 R&D Leaders at major corporations to find out how they manage their R&D, what government policies are helpful to their R&D efforts, and what are the most important challenges preventing greater R&D success. Each topic includes tabulated interview data, stories and anecdotes from interviewees, and staff comments that provide historical and political perspective.

Innovate, Manufacture, Compete: A Clean Energy Action Plan

This report discusses the challenges and prospects for clean energy in the U.S., and makes policy recommendations that address both. It first highlights the global clean energy trend of declining prices and growing capacity, claiming that the U.S. falls behind other countries due to several barriers such as policy uncertainty/inconsistency, international competition, and an unfair playing field with traditional fuels. The report offers policy recommendations for the U.S. that aim to overcome these challenges, such as long-term incentives for private investment, a national clean energy standard, and increased support for clean energy R&D.

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