Hal recently delivered a speech at the 2013 MIT-Stanford Game-Changers Workshop about the policies and practices that are needed for success in energy R&D. These include great national labs, collaboration between government and the private sector, a steady demand signal (no on-again, off-again policies), and a tolerance for failure. He also emphasized that technological innovation and government policy are “welded together”: we cannot simply innovate our way out of our energy problems without robust government support. No one policy, like a carbon price, is the solution: we need a set of policies that work together.
You can watch Hal’s speech here on the Game-Changers website (in the third video) or in the embedded video below. Hal’s speech runs from about 1:07:50 to 1:22:40.