Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus

Megan Nicholson Matthew Stepp October 23, 2013
October 23, 2013
Advancing globally, cost-competitive clean energy solutions to climate change requires a shift from a Deployment Consensus to an Innovation Consensus.

A majority of clean energy advocates believe that the world has all the low-carbon technologies it needs to address climate change; what we lack is the political will to mandate and subsidize their deployment. To support this view holders of this “Clean Energy Deployment Consensus” point to a range of studies purporting to demonstrate technological readiness. Unfortunately, as ITIF shows in its new report Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus these reports either gloss over major challenges, including significantly higher costs of clean technologies, sub-optimal performance, and challenges in grid integration and storage or advocates miss their critical message on the need for innovation. Without a comprehensive and aggressive innovation strategy clean energy will not be cheap enough and good enough to be adopted voluntarily around the planet.