An ad hoc committee of experts with industrial, financial, academic, and public policy backgrounds will hold a series of workshops, commission research (i.e., papers, presentations and other analysis), and prepare a report with recommendations. The study will focus on whether the Federal Government should and can play a role in accelerating market adoption of advanced energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. The committee will analyze market imperfections in different stages of the deployment chain for different technologies and seek to identify the appropriate extent of federal involvement and what policy instruments - such as direct subsidies, tax incentives, demonstration projects, loan guarantees and other financial instruments, procurement, regulation, and trade agreements - can help overcome the market imperfections and catalyze private investment. The committee will consider efficiency technologies – such as smart building controls, advanced materials, efficient lighting and appliances, and design principles – and power generation technologies – such as renewable, advanced nuclear, and fossil, – power plant efficiency technologies and design principles, energy storage technologies, and transmission technologies, all designed to deliver reliable price-competitive low- or non-polluting power at lowered external costs to the environment, decreased negative health effects, and lower risks to national security. An interim report with preliminary findings will be released in time to assist the 113th Congress and new administration in formulating national energy policy. A final report will synthesize the results of workshops, commissioned research, and the committee's full deliberations into a set of recommendations for Congress, the White House, Department of Energy, and other agencies on the most effective federal policies.
Meetings & Events
A report will be published in the winter of 2014.
Committee in formation.
Department of Energy