America’s dedication to innovation, particularly in energy, has served as a foundation for economic prosperity for decades. The latest example is today’s energy boom, driven by U.S. companies working in tight oil and shale gas production, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and many other technology areas. These entrepreneurs continue to build new and successful companies on foundations supported through federally funded research and development spanning the last four decades. Smart federal investments, together with critical private-sector innovations and commercialization, have created dozens of technologies vital to America’s economic growth, competitiveness, and environment.
The American Energy Innovation Council hosted an event that examined the rationale and implications of expanding federal support for energy innovation. The first panel explored the economic impact of federal investments in energy innovation, focusing on how these investments can best leverage additional investments and ensure America’s competitive advantage in a rapidly evolving global energy marketplace. Phil Giudice, CEO at Ambri, joined us to discuss how his grid storage company is working to develop transformative innovations in energy storage. A second panel reviewed new, collaborative institutional models that are working to create better bridges across the “valleys of death,” while aligning public and private sector priorities.
Opening remarks by:
Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy
Dr. Ellen Williams
Chief Executive Officer of Ambri
Founding Director, Cyclotron Road
Senior Public Policy Manager, The Dow Chemical Company
Author, The Powerhouse
Washington Correspondent, Quartz
Erik G. Birkerts
Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Trust