When the world’s first carbon capture facility on a coal-fired power plant came online in Texas in 2017, it was touted as a big step toward transforming the dirtiest fossil fuel into a low-carbon power resource. Now, it’s been labeled “a nightmare for unsuspecting investors” and a “warning sign” for the industry. What happened?
Publications: David M. Hart
August 14, 2020
Failing Toward Success: The Mothballing of Petra Nova Carbon Capture Demonstration Project Is a Teachable Moment
July 17, 2020
The time is ripe for a serious reconsideration of the U.S. energy innovation system and the role of the federal government in it. An upcoming workshop series, sponsored by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and open to the public, offers a valuable chance to think through many of the key questions.
July 16, 2020
A new, non-profit foundation that works closely with DOE could help fill the gap and help create partnerships to power new clean energy technologies through the "valley of death."
July 2, 2020
At the turn of the millennium, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) named the electricity grid the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century.
June 5, 2020
Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 are already putting severe pressure on international student recruitment. Eliminating Optional Practical Training (OPT) would make the problem much worse.
May 18, 2020
Demonstrating the commercial viability of new technologies for deep decarbonization requires federal funding. But the government’s past record is decidedly mixed. So Congress should increase funding for demonstration projects while reforming how they are administered.
May 11, 2020
The United States is struggling to move innovative energy technologies from discovery to scale. This gap could put the climate and U.S. investments at risk. A nonprofit foundation working with the Department of Energy could help fill the gap.
April 15, 2020
Between the Green New Deal and Business-as-Almost-Usual: A Clean Energy Stimulus That Suits the Circumstances
In response to a bipartisan request by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, ITIF suggested 16 steps the federal government could take to stimulate clean energy and manufacturing if today’s public health emergency turns into a prolonged economic downturn.
April 13, 2020
Recommendations to the House Science Committee on Clean Energy Investments for a Long-Term Economic Recovery
In response to a request for input from the House Science, Space, and Technology committee, ITIF recommended that any stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 crisis include provisions to stimulate manufacturing, technology entrepreneurship, and clean energy innovation, including large-scale demonstration projects in fields such as industrial decarbonization.
April 2, 2020
A strange twist of fate has aligned to make a “strange bedfellows” coalition of red-state Republicans and environmentalist greens on oil tariffs.