Ideas. Action. Results.

This initiative is supported by a board that includes industry executives, scientists, former government and elected officials, economists, environmental representatives, and labor leaders. During 2012, the board focused on reframing the discussion on energy policy into a coherent debate about the nation’s strategic energy challenges and goals. The board released a consensus-based report outlining its policy recommendations in early 2013.

Featured Reports

America’s Energy Resurgence: Sustaining Success, Confronting Challenges
February 27, 2013

As the United States struggles to emerge from a historic recession, energy has emerged as both a bright spot and a source of ongoing challenges for the nation’s long-term prosperity and security.
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The Executive Branch and National Energy Policy: Time for Renewal
November 27, 2012

Creating a more inclusive, balanced, resilient and enduring energy policy path requires a new structure and approach that builds on White House and Cabinet leadership and the expertise of nearly 20 federal agencies.
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Shale Gas: New Opportunities, New Challenges
January 19, 2012

Reaping the full economic and environmental benefits of an expanded U.S. gas resource base requires building public confidence that shale gas resources will be developed in a safe and environmentally sound manner. The paper identifies emerging issues and opportunities for capturing the economic benefits associated with this new and significant domestic energy resource.
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In the News

Selected op-eds by the leadership of the Strategic Energy Policy Initiative

US moving toward a future of energy ‘Made in America’
By Byron Dorgan and Trent Lott
The Hill, March 5, 2013

“We have heard the calls to “drill, baby, drill.” We have watched the candidates campaign for an “all of the above” energy policy, which we support. But what we really need is a “Made in America” energy policy. Luckily, we are well on our way.

“Thanks in part to technological progress and policy interventions in the last decade, the United States finds itself in a stronger position to shape its own energy destiny — and with a greater sense of energy security — than it has enjoyed for some time. The time is now, while our supply is more secure, to address the remaining energy challenges we face, including affordability of energy for households and businesses; environmental challenges; the aging electric grid infrastructure; climate change; and insufficient research and development (R&D) investments.” Read more here.

US should establish energy strategy council
By Byron Dorgan and Trent Lott
The Hill, December 11, 2012

“Increases in domestic shale gas and oil production, growth in renewable energy, and steady efficiency improvements in all sectors of the economy have put the country on an energy and economic path that few predicted possible. Our country is blessed with diverse and abundant domestic energy resources, but still confronts an array of energy challenges that will demand high-level attention in the years ahead. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched the Strategic Energy Policy Initiative in 2011 to address these challenges.” Read more here.

Gas-mileage policy isn’t a partisan issue
By William K. Reilly
The Washington Post, August 2, 2012

“Giving Americans more miles per gallon is good for our economy, our national security, the environment and our pocketbook. Not incidentally, the new fuel-efficiency requirements — including an interim step of 35.5 mpg by 2016 — constitute the most significant federal policy yet toward reducing the heat-trapping gasses that are warming the planet.” Read more here.

Let’s Keep Our Hands Off the Emergency Oil Supply
By James L. Jones and BPC President Jason Grumet
The New York Times, April 9, 2012

“For four decades, the emergency role of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to specifically address large supply disruptions has been a subject of national consensus. We must protect this critical component of our national and economic security and accelerate efforts to protect consumers and the economy from future volatility in the oil markets.” Read more here.

Bringing oil intensity to the energy debate
By Byron Dorgan and Trent Lott
The Hill, March 1, 2012

“America cannot control the price of oil. But we can control our own energy destiny. An aggressive national energy policy that includes investments in domestic oil production, improving efficiency and creating more oil substitutes can insulate our economy and our people from the worst of coming oil price shocks.” Read more here.

Don’t delay action on energy issues
By Byron Dorgan and Trent Lott
The Hill, January 24, 2012

“Energy is too important to our economy and the lives of the American people to simply write off an entire year — even an election year — to inaction. Congress and the administration can both deliver valuable results — this year.” Read more here.

US must remain leader in nuclear enrichment
By James L. Jones
The Hill, January 17, 2012

“Without the United States as a reliable source of nuclear fuel, particularly in a world with increasing demand for low- and no-carbon electric generation, other nations will have greater incentive to pursue their own enrichment capabilities, increasing the risks of proliferation and the chances that civilian nuclear technology will be diverted for malign purposes.” Read more here.

Bipartisan successes on energy
By Byron Dorgan and Trent Lott
The Hill, October 24, 2011

“Don’t look now, but bipartisan support in past Congresses for both energy efficiency and new energy production are helping the American economy and consumers when they really need it.” Read more here.

Time to come together on our energy future
By Byron Dorgan and Trent Lott
The Hill, July 12, 2011

“For years, there had been a broad bipartisan consensus on key issues: the need for domestic oil-and-gas production, the economic payoff of energy efficiency measures, the value of infrastructure investments to boost U.S. competitiveness and the long-term role of renewable energy. These priorities were reflected in the 2005 and 2007 energy bills, each passed with wide bipartisan margins. But even those issues have become contentious.” Read more here.

A different royalty plan for oil
By Byron Dorgan and Trent Lott
POLITICO, June 2, 2011

“In the past, when prices have gotten high, the primary advice for the president and Congress has been for the U.S. to plead with royal families or other petro-dictators for greater oil production. We propose a very different royalty plan — one that allows America to control its own energy future.” Read more here.