Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Report to the President on Accelerating the Pace of Change in Energy Technologies Through an Integrated Federal Energy Policy

This report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, dated November 29, calls for the development of a coordinated government-wide Federal energy policy. The Council recommends a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) that could establish government-wide goals, coordinate actions across agencies, and identify the resources needed for the invention, translation, adoption, and diffusion of energy technologies.

The development of such a policy would enhance our energy security and create jobs as well as mitigate the risk of climate change. The report also urges a substantial increase in Federal support of energy-related research, development, demonstration, and deployment and suggests exploration of several new revenue options to provide this support.

The report ask that the Secretary of Energy prepare and implement the DOE component of the full interagency QER focused on energy technology innovation, promptly. In addition, it recommends organization and process changes that would accelerate progress toward energy innovations.

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