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    Chris Coons to Serve as Honorary Co-chair of Center for Clean Energy Innovation

Chris Coons to Serve as Honorary Co-chair of Center for Clean Energy Innovation

The Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI) has announced that U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) will serve as the organization’s Honorary Co-Chair. Coons will assist the Center in designing, advocating, and advancing cutting edge energy innovation policies to address global climate change, increase economic growth, and provide universal energy access.

“America’s best competitive advantage is our capacity to innovate,” Senator Coons says. “To solve our energy and climate challenges we need to promote innovation, not only in our laboratories, but in our policies as well. CCEI is committed to doing just that, and their work is already moving the conversation forward. I’m thrilled to join them as an Honorary Co-Chair and look forward to working together to support clean energy research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.”

“Senator Coons is one of our nation’s leaders in the areas of climate and energy innovation policy and a tremendous advocate for sensible solutions to the environmental challenges we face,” says Matthew Stepp, Executive Director of CCEI. “We are honored to have his assistance in our efforts to promote policies that can advance clean energy technology development and reduce the impacts of climate change.”

In addition, CCEI announced the inaugural members of its Strategic Advisory Board who […]

By |September 16th, 2014|Blog, Federal Policy|Comments Off|
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    The Role of the DOE National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy

The Role of the DOE National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2325
45 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20515

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
9AM – 10AM

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Please join the Science and National Laboratory Caucus and the Center for Clean Energy Innovation for a breakfast briefing on the value of the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory system in driving innovation and economic growth.

Since the 1940’s, the DOE National Laboratory system has been in the vanguard of America’s global innovation leadership. While their initial mission centered around the Manhattan Project, the Labs now conduct more than $12.5 billion in publicly funded research and development (R&D) on a wide range of national issues, including scientific discovery, high performance computing, energy innovation, manufacturing, and national security. In addition, the Labs collaborate with industry and universities, bringing its world-class capabilities to solve private sector and academic problems. Without a doubt, the Labs have played a central role in developing breakthrough science and technologies during the past 70 years.

Yet, the Labs are even more important in the rapidly changing 21st century innovation economy and keeping the United States at the cutting edge of science and technology. Please join the House Science and National Laboratory Caucus, the Center for Clean Energy Innovation, and panel […]

By |September 9th, 2014|Events|Comments Off|
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    Accelerating Sustainability: Demonstrating the Benefits of Connected Cars

Accelerating Sustainability: Demonstrating the Benefits of Connected Cars

Thomas Edison Conference Room
1101 K Street NW, Suite 610
Washington, D.C. 20005

August 28, 2014
9AM – 10:30AM

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American’s love to drive. Whether it’s a passenger van heading to the beach for a family vacation or commuting to work, driving is a basic function of U.S. society. But America’s addiction to driving has consequences: on average the transportation sector consumes over 6 billion barrels of oil and emits roughly 1.7 billion metric tons of global warming greenhouse gases (GHG) per year, representing 30 percent of U.S. emissions.

Eliminating these GHGs is critically important to mitigating climate change. Yet it’s not as simple as consumers forgoing driving, particularly because most consumers are unwilling or unable to do so. Transformative technologies are needed to turn today’s gas-guzzling cars and trucks into low-carbon alternatives that provide consumers the same freedom to drive today without significant environmental impact.

As America gets ready to travel this Labor Day weekend, join the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESCC), Information Technology, Industry Council (ITIC) and the Center for Clean Energy Innovation to discuss a new report by ITS America on the 16 smart transportation technologies that could create a sustainable transportation […]

By |August 7th, 2014|Events|Comments Off|

The Hill – U.S.-China Solar Trade Dispute

U.S.-China Solar Trade Dispute: Short-Term Profit vs. Long-Term Viability

Matthew Stepp and Michelle Wein
Published July 24, 2014

The United States and China are locked in a protracted solar trade war that has caused controversy within the solar industry. While some deride the war as harmful, the United States must continue to aggressively fight with all means necessary. Not taking action is irresponsibly shortsighted and threatens the long-term viability of the global solar industry.

Carbon Pricing & Renewables, What Does It All Mean?

CCEI Executive Director Matthew Stepp was interviewed by Talk Solar host Beth Bond on energy innovation policy – covering everything from fossil fuel subsidies, carbon pricing, and national vs. sub-national energy innovation strategies.

Listen to the interview.

Originally posted at Clean Technica.

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    Beyond Paris, Part 5: Pivoting International Climate Policy to Innovation

Beyond Paris, Part 5: Pivoting International Climate Policy to Innovation

By Matthew Stepp and Amanda Kibbe, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

In 2012, Jesse Jenkins and Matthew Stepp took stock of the global climate policy challenge in an online series titled The Future of Global Climate Policy. Since then the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its Fifth Assessment and many countries are taking stock of their existing—and some argue, failed—climate policies. Looking to the future, the latest round of international climate negotiations is set to close in Paris at the end of 2015, potentially offering the end of one era of global climate policymaking and the start of something new. With an eye on the long-term impacts of the 2015 negotiations, Amanda Kibbe and Matthew Stepp take an updated look in a five-part series on the state of the climate challenge. Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.

Society must act quickly to implement policies that provide the world the tools it needs to cut carbon and put the world on a path for deep decarbonization. The more time we let pass without aggressive action, the higher […]

By |July 21st, 2014|Blog, Climate Change, International Policy|Comments Off|
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    Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

By Matthew Stepp and Amanda Kibbe, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

In 2012, Jesse Jenkins and Matthew Stepp took stock of the global climate policy challenge in an online series titled The Future of Global Climate Policy. Since then the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its Fifth Assessment and many countries are taking stock of their existing—and some argue, failed—climate policies. Looking to the future, the latest round of international climate negotiations is set to close in Paris at the end of 2015, potentially offering the end of one era of global climate policymaking and the start of something new. With an eye on the long-term impacts of the 2015 negotiations, Amanda Kibbe and Matthew Stepp take an updated look in a five-part series on the state of the climate challenge. Click here for Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

In Part 3 of this series, we summarized the monumental task of mitigating climate change, particularly if we run on a “business as usual” track in the short-term and delay carbon reductions. It paints a bleak picture, but even with […]

By |July 21st, 2014|Blog, Climate Change, International Policy|Comments Off|
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    Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

By Matthew Stepp and Amanda Kibbe, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

In 2012, Jesse Jenkins and Matthew Stepp took stock of the global climate policy challenge in an online series titled The Future of Global Climate Policy. Since then the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its Fifth Assessment and many countries are taking stock of their existing—and some argue, failed—climate policies. Looking to the future, the latest round of international climate negotiations is set to close in Paris at the end of 2015, potentially offering the end of one era of global climate policymaking and the start of something new. With an eye on the long-term impacts of the 2015 negotiations, Amanda Kibbe and Matthew Stepp take an updated look in a five-part series on the state of the climate challenge. For Part 1, click hereFor Part 2, click here.

Solving climate change is an extremely difficult—even monumental—challenge to address. Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels and are deeply embedded in the global economy. Turning on the lights, driving vehicles, powering industry, and living a prosperous life all emit carbon. As a result, […]

By |July 21st, 2014|Blog, Climate Change, International Policy|Comments Off|

Beyond Paris, Part 2: The Dire Consequences of Inaction

By Matthew Stepp and Amanda Kibbe, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

In 2012, Jesse Jenkins and Matthew Stepp took stock of the global climate policy challenge in an online series titled The Future of Global Climate Policy. Since then the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its Fifth Assessment and many countries are taking stock of their existing—and some argue, failed—climate policies. Looking to the future, the latest round of international climate negotiations is set to close in Paris at the end of 2015, potentially offering the end of one era of global climate policymaking and the start of something new. With an eye on the long-term impacts of the 2015 negotiations, Amanda Kibbe and Matthew Stepp take an updated look in a five-part series on the state of the climate challenge. Click here for Part 1.

In Part 1, we discussed the IPCC’s most recent take on some of the major indicators of a warming planet and how pumping CO2 into the atmosphere is accelerating these changes. The next logical question is: what are the potential future impacts of a changing climate system? More extreme weather? Higher […]

By |July 21st, 2014|Blog, Climate Change, International Policy|Comments Off|
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    Beyond Paris, Part 1: Humans are Changing the Climate for the Worse

Beyond Paris, Part 1: Humans are Changing the Climate for the Worse

By Matthew Stepp and Amanda Kibbe, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

In 2012, Jesse Jenkins and Matthew Stepp took stock of the global climate policy challenge in an online series titled The Future of Global Climate Policy. Since then the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its Fifth Assessment and many countries are taking stock of their existing—and some argue, failed—climate policies. Looking to the future, the latest round of international climate negotiations is set to close in Paris at the end of 2015, potentially offering the end of one era of global climate policymaking and the start of something new. With an eye on the long-term impacts of the 2015 negotiations, Amanda Kibbe and Matthew Stepp take an updated look in a five-part series on the state of the climate challenge.

Global climate change is often difficult to assess. The weather changes daily and global climate changes on long timescales. Regions and countries are impacted differently. It is challenging to express complex, long-term climate trends in comparison to daily and seasonal changes in the weather that the general public experiences. But with each passing year, the science, observations, and modeling of […]

By |July 21st, 2014|Blog, Climate Change, International Policy|Comments Off|