Unleashing Energy Innovation

Richard K. Lester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, David M. Hart, George Mason University

Two leading experts show how public-private partnerships and regional competition can spur energy innovation to counter global warming and power the economy.

Lester and Hart lay out how America can build an innovative new energy system – in a brief that draws on their recently published bookUnlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System (MIT Press, 2012).

Learn more about the work of Richard Lester, who heads the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT and is the founding director of the Industrial Performance Center based at the university. He has led several major studies of national and regional competitiveness and innovation – including the Energy Innovation Project that looked at strategies for sparking energy innovation in the United States.

David Hart teaches public policy and directs the Center for Science and Technology Policy at George Mason University, where he is also Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy. His research focuses on the role of government in encouraging the use of science and technology to tackle public challenges. He has served in the White House Office of Science and Technology and he contributed to developing President Obama's manufacturing initiative, as featured in the 2013 State of the Union Address.

For related SSN briefs, see Targeting Extreme Polluters to Reduce Carbon Emissions from the Electricity Sector by Don Grant, Andrew Jorgenson, and Wesley Longhofer; and A Strategy to Foster Advanced Manufacturing in the United States by Fred Block, Matthew Keller, Andrew Schrank, and Josh Whitford.

September 2013