Decarbonizing the US economy will require substantial investment in research, development, and deployment of technologies that have not yet entered the marketplace at large scale. There is bipartisan support for federal policy to support such clean energy innovation—particularly under the auspices of the American Energy Innovation Act, a multi-billion-dollar piece of legislation currently under consideration in the US Senate. (A companion bill, the Clean Energy and Jobs Innovation Act, was passed by the US House of Representatives in September 2020.)
Join Resources for the Future (RFF) at this important moment for innovation policy as we host a conversation, “American Energy Innovation: The Federal Policy Landscape.” Our distinguished set of panelists—including one of the lead architects of the American Energy Innovation Act—will discuss what parts of the innovation ecosystem policy can most readily support; how past innovation policies in the United States have fared, both in the energy sector and elsewhere; how the private sector takes signals from policies; and how the discussion around energy innovation policy has unfolded on Capitol Hill over the past.
Colin Cunliff, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Cheryl Martin, Harwich Partners
Spencer Nelson, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Lara Pierpoint, Exelon
Richard G. Newell, Resources for the Future (moderator)