Energy innovation offers the best chance for solving the urgent and interrelated problems of worldwide insecurity over energy supplies, rapidly growing energy demand, and climate change. But if we are to achieve a timely transition to reliable, low-cost, low-carbon energy, the U.S. energy innovation system must be significantly improved. Creating an innovation system to produce sustained and timely advances across a range of energy technologies is especially challenging in this era of budget cuts and fiscal austerity. BPC held a discussion on how we can speed up the introduction of new technologies and business models and accelerate their deployment on a massive scale. The conversation explored Lester and Hart’s new book, Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System, and highlighted ways to advance innovative technologies amidst challenging fiscal and political times.
Featuring Authors of Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System
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Richard K. Lester
Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
David M. Hart
Professor, School of Public Policy and Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy, George Mason
Panel discussion moderated by
Former Under Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy Principal, Decker Garman Sullivan