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

Posted 12/03/10 (Fri)

The President’s Council of Advisors
on Science and Technology
Executive Summary

Accelerating the Pace of Change in Energy Technologies
Through an Integrated Federal Energy Policy

A clean, secure, safe and affordable energy future is among the preeminent challenges facing the United States, and a major acceleration is needed in the pace of energy technology innovation – invention, translation, adoption, and diffusion. The U.S. must be at the forefront of energy technology innovation over the next decade for reasons of:
•• economic competitiveness: renewal of our own energy infrastructure and access to rapidly
growing global markets for clean energy technology;
•• environment: rapid progress towards lower-carbon energy in this decade as a prudent response
to global warming risks; and
•• security: scaling-up of technologies that reduce oil dependence and thereby improve both our balance of payments and our security posture.

Meeting this challenge will require extraordinary actions at the Federal level, in concert with the private sector that owns and operates the vast majority of the energy supply, distribution, and use enterprise.

In the fall of 2009, the Secretary of Energy asked the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to review the energy technology innovation system to identify and recommend ways to accelerate the large-scale transformation of energy production, delivery, and use to a low-carbon energy system. In response, PCAST formed a working group of PCAST members and energy experts from the public and private sectors that met twice in the first half of 2010 to address the charge and formulate recommendations. Informed by the working group’s deliberations, PCAST has developed this report to provide advice to the Administration about Federal actions that can promote energy technology innovation.

To read the full report, please visit: 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-energy-tech-report.pdf