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Publications: Stefan Koester

May 26, 2023

Congress Must Move Beyond Permitting Reform to Speed Up Adoption of Digital Energy Solutions

In Washington, nothing is possible until it’s done. With federal permitting reform, that moment might be just around the corner, but Congress must not miss the opportunity to think beyond procedural reforms to federal permitting laws and should include a broad innovation-based approach to solving our nation’s energy infrastructure dilemmas.

May 8, 2023

Transforming Global Trade and Development With Digital Technologies

Digital technologies have transformed global commerce and raised living standards. By better aligning global trade rules to foster growth in digital technologies, economic and social benefits can be widely distributed.

February 28, 2023

Drilling for Clean Energy Innovation

A portion of all new federal royalties from oil and gas drilling leases should go into a dedicated clean energy innovation fund, according to an op-ed written by Stefan Koester.

December 15, 2022

An Energy Innovation Agenda for the 118th Congress

As we face a divided 118th Congress, policymakers can still find common ground to spur continued growth for American energy innovation.

October 6, 2022

Midterm Outlook for Energy Innovation Policy

The next Congress will have to wrestle with competing energy and climate innovation policy priorities. But despite their differences, the two parties will have potential opportunities for bipartisan collaboration.

September 23, 2022

To Innovate, We Need To Build: Permitting Reform Is Innovation Policy

A major challenge to getting clean energy projects built is not technology, financing, or cost uncertainty, but regulatory and permitting hurdles. To fully leverage the once-in-a-generation federal climate spending that this Congress has succeeded in passing, federal permitting must be reformed to make it less onerous, time intensive and costly.

July 29, 2022

Three Cheers for the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022! Now, Let’s Get Back to Work

Congressional passage of the legislation represents a tremendous step forward toward renewed U.S. industrial competitiveness, science and technology leadership, and greater levels of innovation to tackle pressing economic and social challenges—but it serves as merely the beginning, not the end of progress toward enacting a national competitiveness agenda.

May 24, 2022

The United States Urgently Needs a Carbon Management Vision

The science of climate change has been clear for decades. The IPCC shows that it is increasingly clear that active carbon management technologies must be in the climate mitigation toolbox. With its wealth of know-how and innovative start-up economy, the United States is well-positioned to dominate this burgeoning global industry and will do so if the federal government has the vision to realize this potential.

May 9, 2022

Comments to OSTP Regarding the Energy and Climate Implications of Digital Assets

Many popular blockchain technologies consume vast amounts of electricity today, producing millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions and electronic waste. While the environmental and energy concerns for digital assets should be addressed, heavy-handed regulatory policies that attempt to restrict how operators use data centers are likely to be unsuccessful.

April 18, 2022

Active Carbon Management: Critical Tools in the Climate Toolbox

Technologies to capture and store carbon must be part of the arsenal to fight climate change. To deploy them at scale, policymakers should expand federal incentives, increase RD&D for traditional and novel technologies, and expedite permitting and siting of requisite infrastructure.

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