Energy Innovation 2010
UPDATE: Due to overwhelming interest and space limitations, registration has been closed for this event. Please contact Kathryn Angstadt at kangstadt (at) ITIF (dot) org to be added to the wait list.
After two years of often-tumultuous debate in Congress, the national debate over energy and climate change policy has now been altered. Cap and trade efforts have run aground in Congress, and fiscal problems loom large. Meanwhile, with economic recovery the top priority for the public and policymakers alike, America’s clean tech competitors are surging ahead, raising the stakes for energy policy.
Against this backdrop, support is growing on both right and left for new national investments in energy innovation that can help address some of the most urgent imperatives of our time – renewing the economy, improving energy security and public health, and overcoming key environmental challenges. A growing chorus of voices thus counsels a renewed national commitment to develop and deploy advanced, low carbon energy technologies – and to the reform of America’s energy innovation system itself.
In recent months, energy experts have advised policymakers to: take a page from the nation’s long history of successful military research and procurement; build on the success of agricultural research stations and the National Institutes of Health by establishing new innovation institutes and clusters nationwide; promote the right mix of both competition and collaboration to spur innovation and productive knowledge spillover; reform energy subsidies to reward innovation; and restructure business taxes to promote investment in the building blocks of an innovation economy.
On December 15th, a group of America’s leading policy think tanks will host a day-long conference in Washington D.C. to rethink energy innovation.
Energy Innovation 2010, held at the National Press Club, will bring together leading experts from government, think tanks, academia, and business to ask hard questions about how energy innovation efforts can be brought to scale, how the innovation system must be restructured and reformed, and how to renew the kind of active partnerships between the public and private sectors that were responsible for so much of America’s prior technological innovation and economic strength.
The free, day-long conference is sponsored by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Breakthrough Institute, with the American Enterprise Institute, Third Way, Clean Air Task Force, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Securing America’s Future Energy, and the Brookings Institution. Registration is required in advance as space is limited, so register today!
ITIF thanks the Nathan Cummings Foundation for its support in the quest for green innovation.
Agenda (subject to change)
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:10 Welcome Remarks
9:15-10:15 The Innovation Imperative: Economy, Security, Environment
10:20-10:35 Learning from the Past: America's History of Limited but Energetic Public Investment
10:40 Where We Are Now: Introducing a New Tool for Using Federal Data
10:45-11:55 Looking to the Future: Federal Energy Innovation Strategies
12:00-1:05 Lunchtime / Keynote Presentation: Energy in Three Dimensions - Economy, Security, Environment / Panel with Energy Technology Experts: Bridging the Cleantech Gap
1:10-2:10 Catalyzing the Private Sector: What Firms and Entrepreneurs Need to Innovate
2:10-2:30 Afternoon Break
2:30-3:40 Clean Innovation Policy: How Do We Drive It?
3:50-5:00 A New Centrism: Making Clean Innovation Policy Bipartisan
Reception at the National Press Club to follow.
Please note that while registration is free, registration will be required to attend the event.
This is a widely attended event in accord with Congressional ethics rules.