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Main Title Structuring an energy technology revolution /
Author Weiss, Charles.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Bonvillian, William.
Publisher MIT Press,
Year Published 2009
OCLC Number 262737490
ISBN 9780262012942 (hbk. : alk. paper); 0262012944 (hbk. : alk. paper)
Subjects Renewable energy sources--Research--Government policy--United States ; Energy policy--United States ; Federal aid to research--United States ; Energiewirtschaft ; Technische Innovation ; Nachhaltige Entwicklung ; Energiepolitik
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKBM  TJ807.9.U6W45 2009 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 06/16/2009
ERAM  TJ807.9.U6 W45 2009 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 02/22/2011
Collation xi, 318 p. ; 21 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-300) and index.
Contents Notes
An integrated innovation policy model for energy technology -- Promoting development and adoption of new energy technology -- Toward a roadmap for launching technological innovation in energy -- Energy R & D and implementation : what is the level of funding and where will the money come from? -- Institutional gaps in the mechanisms of support for different stages of innovation -- All pumping together? prospects for international collaboration -- Political prospects and conclusions. From the Publisher: America is addicted to fossil fuels, and the environmental and geopolitical costs are mounting. A federal program-on the scale of the Manhattan Project or the Apollo Program-to stimulate innovation in energy policy seems essential. In Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution, Charles Weiss and William Bonvillian make the case for just such a program. Their proposal backs measures to stimulate private investment in new technology, including a cap-and-trade system or carbon tax, but augments these with a revamped energy innovation system. It would encourage a broad range of innovations that would give policymakers a variety of technological options over the long implementation period and at the huge scale required. Using new organizational features, the program would go beyond traditional research and development efforts to promote prototyping, demonstration, and deployment of technological innovations faster than could be accomplished by market forces alone. Weiss and Bonvillian propose a new integrated policy framework for advancing energy technology and outline a four-step approach for encouraging energy innovations: assessment of how new technology will be launched, focusing on obstacles that may be encountered in the marketplace; development of technology-neutral policies and incentives, putting new technology pathways into practice to bridge the traditional "valley of death" between research and late-stage development; identification of gaps in the existing system of institutional support for energy innovation; and the establishment of private and public interventions to fill these gaps. This approach aims for a level playing field so that technologies can compete with one another on their merits. Strong leadership and public support will be needed to resist the pressure of entrenched interests against putting new technology pathways into practice. This book will help start the process.