Policy conference highlights transformative reforms necessary to make clean energy competitive
WASHINGTON (January 10, 2013) - Clean energy is at a crossroads. Public investments have advanced the development of wind, solar and battery technologies but none of these options are currently cheaper than fossil fuels and have experienced only modest market penetration. A carbon tax and cap and trade are a non-starter in Congress, and though wind subsidies were recently renewed, the wind industry itself is calling for a gradual phase out.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and The Breakthrough Institute are co-hosting Energy Innovation 2013, a conference designed to address these issues and present the whole-scale, systemic reforms that will promote creation of a true clean energy economy. The event will be held from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.
The conference will facilitate an in depth discussion of the state of current low-carbon energy options, their present and future market impacts, and the policies necessary to develop and deploy competitive technologies. Participants will include the New York Times reporter John Broder, Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund and Ray Rothrock, partner at pioneering venture capital firm Venrock, plus many more.
"The energy challenges we face, in particular climate change, are global in scale and need transformative clean energy technologies that are competitive with fossil fuels," notes Matthew Stepp, Senior Policy Analyst for ITIF and co-organizer of the conference. "This requires a cohesive energy innovation strategy and not the hodgepodge of subsidies, regulations and underfunded research budgets we have today."
"The world of energy has been turned upside down thanks to the natural gas revolution, the progress made by renewables, and the global push into next generation nuclear energy," adds Michael Shellenberger, co-founder and President of the Breakthrough Institute. "Now's an important time for us to take a cold hard look at the realities of promising zero-carbon energy technologies and ask whether we have the right innovation policies to support them."
The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/EI2013.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at www.itif.org.